Medicine: Worms Crawl In

The human race is riddled with worms. They coil and squirm and chew through most of the world's population. When the average man dies, a host of worms dies with him. But wormkind goes wriggling on, to infest his children, reduce their vitality, cause disfiguring sores or swellings, and lower their resistance.

There is no medical excuse for most of the worms, said Dr. Norman R. Stoll of the Rockefeller Institute, speaking before an A.A.A.S. meeting in Boston (see SCIENCE). Some parasitic worms are transmitted by insects or other carriers. Seven-eighths of the infestations are due simply to man's "ineffective insulation from...

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