Medicine: Creaking Legions

A year had passed since the Mayo Clinic first announced the dramatic effects of treating rheumatoid arthritis sufferers with the hormones ACTH and cortisone (TIME, May 2, 1949). In that year, millions of pain-racked arthritics had clamored for the "new cure," or begged their doctors to tell them how soon they could expect relief and how much. Last week the answer was plain: they could expect nothing certain for a long, long time.

Not a Treatment. Much of the raising of false hope could be laid to the showmanship which marked the first news. Patients who had been crippled were photographed dancing...

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