Medicine: Man Behind the Test

The ancient Hebrews decreed that a warning blast should be sounded on the shofar to mark the third case of an infectious disease in a community, but diphtheria rated a shofar warning for the very first case. Few diseases have been so dreaded as diphtheria, partly because it is especially deadly for children in the tender two-to-five age bracket. Last week Yeshiva University in New York City held a special convocation to give an honorary degree to a physician who had done much to take the dread out of diphtheria: Bela Schick, the little-known...

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