Medicine: Omelets in Persia

The whole Iranian army has been vaccinated—against typhus fever. The ambitious project is the work of a U.S. Army surgeon, Colonel Abraham Neuwirth, who has been tackling one unprecedented epidemiological problem after another at Teheran.

When chunky, fast-talking Dr. Neuwirth reached Iran last May to become medical adviser to the Government, swarms of Polish refugees from Russia were pouring into the country—unwashed, lousy, probably infected with typhus. Iranians feared an epidemic. At Teheran's Pasteur Institute, Dr. Neuwirth taught Iranian technicians to manufacture typhus vaccine by the new Cox egg-culture method.* Dr. Neuwirth...

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