Medicine: Defensive Disease

When Dean William de Berniere MacNider of the University of North Carolina medical school has anything to say about the two disposal plants of the living body, the liver and kidneys, all medical scientists come to attention. As blood flows through these organs, it leaves waste products behind to be disposed of through bladder and bowels. Last week Dean MacNider, a sandy-haired man of medium height and 56 years, delivered the second Chandler memorial lecture at Manhattan's Columbia University, proclaimed that, according to what he has seen in livers and kidneys, disease seems to be a beneficial burden on mankind.

The organs...