Medicine: Help Against Hepatitis

Last year at least 7,335 American are known to have developed serum hepatitis, a sometimes fatal liver ailment that is spread by blood transfusions and sometimes by poor sanitation or unsterile hypodermic needles. Last week Dr. Saul Krugman, chairman of the pediatrics department at New York University Medical Center, announced that he and two colleagues have succeeded in immunizing a small group of youngsters against the debilitating disease.

Krugman's work was made possible by that of another researcher, Dr. Baruch Blumberg, who in 1963 identified a small viruslike particle called the Australia antigen,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!