Medicine: Capsules, Apr. 16, 1956

¶ At its Geneva headquarters the World Health Organization proudly celebrated its eighth birthday. One of the largest of U.N.'s specialized agencies (84 member nations, compared with 76 for U.N. itself), WHO spends its $10 million budget on a multitude of worldwide projects. Among them: 500 health programs going in 108 countries or territories (from Paraguay to Pakistan), testing and approving polio vaccines, a chain of stations to predict and prevent flu epidemics, the tightest control ever of TB, malaria, and trachoma, annual control of Mecca pilgrims, a radio warning system on epidemics. Besides sending in its own medical teams to...

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