Medicine: Pseudopolio

With the onset of cooler weather, 1952's record-breaking polio epidemic was on the wane all across the country. Nevertheless, scattered here & there were hundreds of new cases that looked like poliomyelitis. Patients, mostly youngsters, who had headaches, fever, nausea, stiff neck or muscular difficulties were rushed to hospitals, and their cases were entered in the polio records. The truth was that many of the new patients did not have polio at all. There was good reason to believe that the season was producing an unusually large number of virus infections that only seemed to be polio.

During an epidemic, if a...

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