Medicine: Drug Against a Virus

For the first time, medical researchers have found a drug that cures a disease caused by a true virus. Ophthalmologist Herbert E. Kaufman told a Manhattan symposium on virology last week that he has used the drug in 46 cases of a common infection of the eyes called herpetic keratoconjunctivitis. More than half of Dr. Kaufman's patients got such prompt benefit that their eyes escaped permanent damage, and in more severe cases the damage was limited.

The disease is the most frequent cause of eyeball-scarring infections in the U.S., and for no known reason...

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