Medicine: Dangerous Souvenir

The hand grenades and mortar shells brought home by World War II veterans are not the only souvenirs which sometimes blow up later. Sergeant Wilson Posie Noles, an Air Force ground crewman from 1942 to 1945, found that microscopic, disease-causing organisms, unknowingly picked up, can behave the same way.

Somewhere along the line from Algeria to Tunisia to Sicily to Italy, Noles was bitten by a sand flea. In southern Italy he came down with aches, chills and fever. Doctors said it was malaria, and dosed him with quinine. Off & on, after settling down again at home in La Grange, Ga.,...

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