Medicine: Men Against Measles

In the comic strips, measles is a joke. In much of the world the disease is treated lightly, partly from ignorance, partly because it is an almost certain incident of growing up. But measles is, in fact, all too often a killer or the cause of mental crippling. Last week Harvard's famed Virologist John F. Enders and 18 research colleagues, scattered from Colorado to Yugoslavia, reported dramatic progress in efforts to make a safe and sure vaccine against measles.

To date, 303 U.S. children have had the test vaccine; virtually all have responded by developing solid antibody protection against natural measles. Most...

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