Medicine: Hit Record

"Please call Mr. Smith at Mutual 6256." Last week wags were planting such deadpan messages by the thousands all over Los Angeles. When the victim called the number, he heard a sepulchral voice intone: "Venereal diseases are increasing in Los Angeles . . . Remember these facts. VD is spread mainly by sexual intercourse and kissing. Symptoms include sores, rashes and discharges. Treatment by a capable physician must begin immediately. These diseases can be cured."

Even before the voice could offer telephone numbers for getting the name of a recommended physician, the pranksters were howling at the caller's consternation. And city health...

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