Medicine: Spoils of War

Among the few chemicals which give some relief in some forms of cancer, one of the best is nitrogen mustard, developed as a poison gas for World War II but never used (TIME, Oct. 21, 1946). Among its disadvantages: it has to be injected, and is sometimes almost as poisonous to the patient as to his cancer cells. Last week, Dr. Cornelius P. Rhoads told the Association of American Physicians in Atlantic City that a new chemical had been found with most of nitrogen mustard's virtues and fewer faults.

Produced in Germany to improve the finish of fabrics, triethylene melamine (T.E.M.) is...

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