Medicine: Down with Beriberi

American forces have won the second battle of Bataan. This time the enemy was beriberi, ancient scourge of the Orient's rice-eating people, which kills hundreds of thousands every year and cripples millions more. Bataan used to be one of the worst plague spots. Reports Dr. Robert R. Williams after an inspection of test areas on the peninsula: in the year ended April I there was not a single death that could be laid to beriberi.

For Robert Runnels Williams, the victory marks a climax in a 40-year war against beriberi which he began, as...

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