Medicine: Not Too Rare, Please

Washington took it off the ration list. But meat—some meat—was viewed with alarm last week by Detroit's Dr. S. E. Gould. Dr. Gould was brooding about trichinosis, the sometimes-fatal worm disease that people get from infested pork.

Autopsies have shown that some 16% of U.S. citizens get trichinosis at one time or another. But Dr. Gould now suspects that the figure is 25% to 36%.

The tiny, encysted worms can live in the muscles of bears, dogs, birds, cats, guinea pigs, monkeys, rabbits, horses and cattle. But they much prefer hogs, rats and men. Once in the muscles, the worms are there...