Medicine: Philadelphia Flayed

When Philadelphia's hard-bitten Mayor Samuel Davis Wilson was prevented from spending $70,000,000 for a nitration plant, he angrily called the city's drinking water "filtered filth!" But when Dr. Haven Emerson, lanky, zealous Manhattan authority on public health, swooped into Philadelphia last week and whooped: "The water supply here is worse than that of any other large city in the country," then Mayor Wilson, just out of sickbed, roared: "Sniping!"

But Zealot Emerson, whom the Philadelphia County League of Women Voters had summoned for help, had a piece to speak, and he spoke it. One...

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