Medicine: TB Scare

Cora Louise Sutherland had always been a thin, wiry type, but in 1951 she developed a hacking cough and lost weight steadily. Each day she taught shorthand to three classes totaling more than 70 pupils at Los Angeles' Van Nuys High School. Students and fellow teachers whispered, but nobody knew what ailed her. For Cora Sutherland was a Christian Scientist. Instead of submitting a chest X ray every three years (as do all but about 100 of LosAngeles' 13,000 teachers), she turned in an affidavit declaring herself free of communicable disease.

Last fall Cora Sutherland became too sick to teach and took...

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