Medicine: Bundesen's Blitz

On a Chicago street an elderly man upped to a perfect stranger and said: "Pardon me, may I test your blood?" The indignant citizen calmed down when he discovered who his questioner was: Dr. Oliver Clarence Wenger, top-flight syphilologist in the U.S. Public Health Service. This was the latest wrinkle in a much-wrinkled campaign against venereal disease which City and State health departments have been waging for four years.

Chief publicist of the campaign is Chicago's bouncing Health Commissioner, Dr. Herman Niels Bundesen. He has made frequent headlines by running "diet derbies," endorsing sauerkraut juice for health, giving his blood to...

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