Medicine: The Hormone Front

Specialists in rheumatic diseases from 35 countries met in Geneva last week; as might be expected, much of the talk centered on progress made in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

The rheumatologists listened with respect to the U.S.'s Dr. Philip S. Hench, who shared a Nobel Prize for his part in the discovery and application of the wonder hormone cortisone. Granting that cortisone is not the "fountain of life" that many sufferers hoped that it would be, Hench inveighed against too much timidity in the use of the drug, which he said had raised...

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