Medicine: Cortisone Shortage

An assistant cashier in a New Jersey bank, arrested last January for embezzling $9,000 from his till, had a shocking story to tell. He was a sober, hard-working family man, a devoted husband, father of six children. He told authorities he had taken the money to buy cortisone for his wife, who had suffered for years from crippling arthritis. The drug had made a new woman of her. While the dosage continued, she was free of pain, able to leave her bed and care for her children. But the cost was great—close to $8 a day.

The cashier's indictment for theft was...

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