Medicine: Capsules, Nov. 15, 1954

¶ Two artificial steroid hormones, made by Schering Corp., show great promise against rheumatoid arthritis. Named metacortandralone and metacortandracin, they are two to four times as powerful as cortisone and hydrocortisone and seem to produce fewer undesirable side effects. They may be generally available next summer.

¶ A bedside blood test that any family doctor can perform in a couple of minutes has been devised by George Washington University researchers for victims of certain kinds of heart and artery diseases. Hitherto, treatment with anticlotting drugs like Dicumarol and Tromexan meant that patients had...

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