Medicine: Polio in Los Angeles

The receiving room of Los Angeles' big (3,500-bed) County General Hospital last week was jampacked with pain-racked men, women and children and their fear-haunted relatives. Hour after hour, nurses and doctors moved among them, checking symptoms and—all too often—confirming the diagnosis of polio. With more than 500 cases reported already, and with the worst weeks of August and September still ahead, it was clear that Los Angeles County is in the grip of its severest epidemic, save only that of 1948. One hopeful note: the strain of polio in Los Angeles appeared to be less virulent than in former years, was...

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