Medicine: The War on Mutant A

If Florence was in the grip of an epidemic of colds, coughs and fevers, astrologers . . . declared that it was caused by the influence of an unusual conjunction of planets. This sickness . . . came gradually to be known as "influenza." —Chronicles of a Florentine Family 1200-1470.

To combat new ravages by "the influence," a worldwide war is being waged this week in response to a call to arms from the Far East. Supreme headquarters is the World Health Organization in Geneva, which collects intelligence gleanings from around the globe, sends...

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