Medicine: Sulfachievements

—A cheering fact about meningococcus meningitis was reported from the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego. Of 50 men ingitis patients treated with sulfa drugs (TIME, Nov. 30), 48 recovered. The two who died did so almost as soon as they reached the hospital, might have lived if they had been treated soon enough. The death rate from spinal meningitis, like that of cholera or bubonic plague, used to be about 70% of all cases. Anti-meningococcus serum, which came into use about 1907, cut the mortality to around 25%. But in World War I...

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