Medicine: Man & His Ills

Every time the cause of some baffling infection is found or a new wonder drug is discovered, the news is hailed as another step toward a hygienic utopia in which disease and premature death will have no place. Not so fast, says one of the world's top authorities on infectious diseases and a pioneer of the antibiotic age; disease is an aspect of man's adaptation to his environment, and as his environment changes, so do his diseases—but they do not disappear. In Mirage of Health, published this week (Harper; $4), famed Microbiologist René Jules Dubos of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical...

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