Medicine: Choking Death

The radio message from Halfway Valley, 180 miles northwest of Fort St. John, B.C., was brief and urgent. An epidemic of diphtheria had broken out in an Indian village on the Stoney River; 50-odd stricken natives needed help at once. From Whitehorse, Indian Affairs' Department Nurse Amy Wilson flew to Fort St. John; Nurse Aileen Bond started out from Dawson Creek, B.C. Last week the British Columbia Health Department released Nurse Bond's report on their three-week-long fight against the disease.

By truck, sleigh, and on horseback, Nurse Wilson had plowed through deep snowdrifts,...

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