Medicine: Tick Time

Myrna Ann Tubby, 3, a Choctaw papoose from the reservation at Philadelphia, Miss., was as slack as a rag doll when she was admitted to the Mississippi Medical Center at Jackson. She was completely paralyzed, she did not cry and probably could not have done so even if in pain.

At first doctors thought of poison or polio. But a bright young resident physician, hearing Myrna's parents describe how the paralysis had crept up to her head, remarked: "It sounds like tick paralysis, so be sure to look for a tick." Attendants found an engorged tick embedded in Myrna's hair,, its head...

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