Medicine: From the Discard

If Chicago's hormone conference offered little new hope for arthritis sufferers, there was brighter news last week in Milwaukee, 80 miles farther north. There at a staff meeting at St. Mary's Hospital, Drs. Millard Tufts, S.B. Pessin and Tiber Greenwalt announced a new antiarthritic serum that can be extracted at any hospital from discarded afterbirths, i.e., placenta and umbilical cords.

Doctors have long noted that pregnancy relieves women suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Blood serum taken from new mothers soon after delivery has even proved effective in treating the disease (TIME, Nov. 27). Rather...

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