Medicine: Capsules, Sep. 10, 1951

¶ In Utah County, Utah, where the polio rate has been high this summer, one group of youngsters is now getting injections of a blood particle known as gamma globulin; a second group, dummy shots. Purpose: to see whether gamma globulin, which is especially rich in natural antibodies, will do for humans what it seems to do for laboratory animals—prevent virulent polio strains from leading to paralysis.

¶ Two Boston doctors had encouraging news for rheumatic fever victims: of 1,000 cases studied, 605 were still alive (and most of them leading completely normal lives) 20 years after the disease hit....

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