Medicine: Tonsils and Polio

Five of the six children of an Akron family had their tonsils out one day last summer and within 48 hours all five came down with infantile paralysis. Three of them died. The sixth child did not contract paralysis. There had been no epidemic of the disease in Akron and none followed. A group of researchers from the University of Michigan, Western Reserve University and Akron's Children's Hospital investigated this puzzling case, published their findings last fortnight in the A.M.A. Journal.

The investigators discovered that the infantile paralysis (poliomyelitis) virus was present in the feces of the sixth child. They also found...

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