Medicine: Tiny Invaders

The doctors could not tell what ailed the baby in a railroad flat on Manhattan's Eighth Avenue. She had an up & down fever and convulsions soon after birth, there was something wrong with her eyes and her head became enlarged. She died in a hospital at the age of one month. Pathologists Abner Wolf and David Cowen could not fix the cause of death, but they found some puzzling little organisms in the brain. They were protozoa, to be sure, but what kind? Not until two years later (1939), when the two doctors...

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