Medicine: Dr. Rosenow's Obsession

For 27 years the medical profession has politely raised its eyebrows and looked down its nose at Bacteriologist Edward Carl Rosenow. But Dr. Rosenow, a stubborn man, has persisted in his peculiar obsession. Says he: there is a strep-polio axis—somehow, in ways no doctor understands, streptococcus plays a malignant part in infantile paralysis. (A coccus is a round bacterium large enough to be seen with an ordinary microscope. A virus is so small it can be seen only with an electron microscope, has some bacteria-like and some protein-like qualities—no one knows for sure whether it is living matter or a chemical.)


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