Medicine: Fluoridation Fails Again

Not since 1939, when a Harvard lad wearing skirts won the Wellesley College hoop-rolling contest, had the tweedy, well-heeled people of Wellesley, Mass. (pop. 26,071), been so riled up. Tempers boiled; upstanding citizens denounced one another in public meetings, over TV and in newspaper ads. The issue: a proposal to put sodium fluoride in Wellesley's drinking water. In the upshot, the generally well-off and well-educated citizenry of Wellesley voted down the proposal emphatically. along with two neighboring towns, Brookline and Andover.

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