Medicine: Capsules, may 18, 1953

¶ Dr. G. John Buddingh of Louisiana State University reported a quicker test for TB. Sputum or spinal fluid from a suspected case is injected into a fertilized egg. Microscopic study within four to six days will show whether tubercle bacilli are present. The current method with cultures or guinea pigs takes four to six weeks. ¶ Polio struck early at Prairie Village, Kans. (pop. 9,500), and, with eight cases reported, the Office of Defense Mobilization allocated 1,000 cc of scarce gamma globulin. Not all exposed children got the shots; injections were given instead to every third or fourth youngster on...

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