Medicine: Blame the Barber

Ever since an epidemic of scalp ringworm started in eastern U.S. cities three years ago, many a small boy has been sent home from school for treatment. But doctors knew only one effective remedy: removing the infected hair, either by X ray or by pulling. Last week doctors of the U.S. Public Health Service had cheering news: scalping, they reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, may be unnecessary. In a wide test in Hagerstown, Md. they had discovered that an ointment rubbed on the head can cure scalp ringworm.

Examination of 8,657 Hagerstown school children revealed that...

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