Medicine: New Disease

In the wards of Children's Medical Center in Boston last week, or making regular visits to the outpatient clinic, were 200 youngsters suffering from a mysterious disease with a forbidding name: cystic fibrosis of the pancreas. At Babies Hospital in Manhattan there were seven in beds and 80 outpatients; attending Los Angeles' Childrens Hospital were 150 known or suspected cases. Across the country are thousands of other victims, most of them probably unrecognized. For to most doctors, pancreatic fibrosis (also known as mucoviscidosis) is a "new" disease.

It was not until 1938 that Dr....

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