Medicine: A Potent Pandemic

Cholera should exist only as a historical footnote. Modern sanitation can eliminate the primary causes of this highly infectious disease—waste-contaminated water supplies—and advanced medical techniques can effectively treat it. Yet cholera continues to kill. Confined for many years to the world's more primitive countries, mostly in the Far East, it has been moving westward with a new force. Last week it was threatening the already troubled Middle East, even causing concern in the technically advanced Soviet Union, and may well have surfaced in Africa.

The cholera pandemic is no sudden development. It started...

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