Medicine: Pride Above Polio

From scare headlines and angry editorials, Britons generally learned last week what their doctors had known for months : the nation's vaccination program against poliomyelitis is a dismal flop. With this year's number of polio cases (2,700 so far) reported mounting rapidly toward what might well prove to be the highest figures ever, vaccinations were hopelessly behind schedule. There was no chance that the program could catch up unless it got a shot in the arm with massive imports of U.S. vaccine — and these the Ministry of Health flatly refused to consider....

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