Medicine: Fountain of Fire

To hear her tell it, Italian-born Cora Galenti had found the Fountain of Youth. She even gave the name to her Sunset Boulevard salon. There and at her lavish Hollywood home she treated thousands of women and many men. When they went in, the skin on their aging faces was sagging and wrinkled. When they came out, $3,000 poorer after about three weeks, their faces were usually pink and unnaturally smooth. But last week Cora Galenti's well-paying fountain was turned off by the law. Its source was a bottle of phenol (carbolic acid), which made the treatment both painful and dangerous.

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