Medicine: Capsules, Aug. 23, 1954

¶ To prove their own fortitude (and also that their countrymen eat too much), eleven Swedish vegetarians aged 26 to 44 staged a ten-day fasting hike of 330 miles from Goteborg to Stockholm. Encouraged by pep talks from "Nature Doctor" Arne Wingquist, all but two stood the course, sustained by nothing more potent than plain water. One who fell by the wayside was Wingquist himself, on the ninth day. The marchers' average weight loss en route: 17 Ibs.

¶ At a World Council for the Welfare of the Blind in Paris, Sweden's Charles Hedkvist...

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