Medicine: Broken Record

The Royal Free Hospital on Gray's Inn Road set a notable precedent only four years after its opening in 1828: it became the first hospital in London to accept patients with infectious diseases, at a time when other hospitals still shunned them. But last week the Royal Free Hospital was closed on account of illness. The illness: an infectious disease, which had crippled its staff.

First to fall ill was a Cleveland social worker. Her symptoms fitted infectious mononucleosis. also called glandular fever. This is a little-understood (presumably viral) infection that is maddeningly persistent but rarely fatal, sometimes runs like a plague...

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