Pediatrics: A New Way to Treat Hyaline Membrane Disease

Hyaline membrane disease, which afflicts many premature babies and kills an estimated 50,000 in the U.S. every year, was little known to laymen until it claimed its most prominent victim, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, in the summer of 1963. Doctors have continued to attack the puzzling disease, and last week, Drs. Clara and Julian Ambrus, a husband-and-wife team workinG at Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, reported one of the most encouraging approaches yet.

Working with Pediatrician David Weintraub, the doctors studied premature (under 5½ Ibs.) and other small babies with severe breathing difficulties at Buffalo...

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