Medicine: Key of Life

Cuernavaca, Mexico, best known as a place for eating, dancing and laughter, last week played host to a serious conference: a troop of eminent physicians, mostly from the U.S., gathered for the first International Symposium on Steroid Hormones. Attending the conference by proxy were millions of the desperately ill. The mysterious steroid hormones, all built neatly around the same four-ringed nucleus, offer promise of understanding a long list of chronic diseases.

After days of heated discussion, the doctors agreed that the steroids are still a deep mystery. They control in some way many vital...

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