Medicine: Vaccine Crisis

The big blackboard seemed to loom over the auditorium at California's Department of Public Health in Berkeley. It also loomed over the nation. For the blackboard charted every case of polio that had developed after use of vaccine made by Berkeley's Cutter Laboratories; it listed the date and site of vaccination, date of symptoms' onset, location of paralysis, age and sex—but not the name—of victims. As the week went on, the impersonal box score grew. The Salk vaccine still meant to most people what it had the week before—banishment of a crippling disease....

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