Medicine: Wasting Muscles

Medical science has a jawbreaking name but no treatment and no sign of a cure for a mysterious wasting of the muscles. The disease called progressive muscular dystrophy is by no means rare: estimates of U.S. victims range from 100,000 to 200,000. Last week, the recently formed Muscular Dystrophy Association met in Manhattan, decided to try to raise $250,000, largely to push research by Dr. Ade T. Milhorat at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Its slogan: "Give hope to the hopeless."

So little is known about muscular dystrophy that doctors cannot even agree on how many kinds there are. But two main...

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