Medicine: Capsules, Apr. 28, 1958

¶ Two years ago the Chinese Communists, trying to curb an annual population growth of 15 million, revived the ancient Chinese myth that a dose of tadpoles after each meal is an effective oral contraceptive. Thousands of women promptly rushed to dirty lakes and rivers to scoop up tadpoles with rice bowls. One result: widespread schistosomiasis (infestation with blood flukes). Even worse, the government admitted ruefully last week, women who religiously swallow tadpoles get pregnant just the same.

¶ "Spectatoritis is the nation's No. 1 fitness problem," said Shane MacCarthy, executive director of the President's Council on Youth Fitness. "I was...

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