Preventive Medicine: Shots for Tetanus: Immunity for All

In blood-colored movies and in the flesh, Dr. Norman A. Christensen of the Mayo Clinic urged his colleagues at the A.M.A. to embark on a crusade. What he wants is nothing less than an all-out campaign to eradicate tetanus in the U.S. by having every man, woman and child immunized with toxoid and periodic booster shots.

There have been 256 tetanus deaths in the U.S. this year, and Dr. Christensen argued that almost all of them were avoidable. For proof, he cited the record of the U.S. armed forces in World War II:...

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