Medicine: Last Chapter

When radio When radio "hams" helped to get vials of the new drug Varidase rushed to a sick girl in Portugal a fortnight ago (TIME, Aug. 20), the girl's father said: "God bless radio and aviation [whatever happens]." The drug brought brief improvement. Radio Amateur Fred von Rekowsky, in New York City, kept up two-way talk with an amateur in Portugal, checking on the girl's progress. This week he heard the end of the chapter: despite everything, nine-year-old Branca Maria Medina dos Santos was dead of tuberculous meningitis.


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