Medicine: Biography of the Crippler

The U.S. is in the midst of another rough bout with infantile paralysis, the worst since 1916. By last week there were 5,622 cases, some 1,600 more than at the same date in 1944 (the previous runner-up to 1916). Hardest hit: the South and Middle West. Minnesota had an epidemic (965 cases), and the disease was severe in Texas, Ohio, Florida, Colorado, Illinois, Alabama, Missouri.

The U.S. people have spent more than $60,000,000 righting polio. What have they got for their money? Up to now, nothing that looks remotely like a preventive or...

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