Medicine: Forward Steps

New treatments with old & new drugs made medical news last week:

Typhoid fever is usually easy to prevent—thanks to modern sanitation and vaccination. But once the disease takes hold, doctors have had no specific cure. But a medical "mistake" in Malaya now offers hope.

Last spring a five-man team of doctors at the British Institute for Medical Research in Kuala Lumpur, about 200 miles from Singapore, began treating victims of scrub typhus with the new antibiotic* called chloromycetin (TIME, Nov. 10). Chloromycetin reduced the fever in one day. But in two cases the fever...

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