Medicine: Borderline Disease

Hodgkin's disease, an agonizing and hopeless sickness, kills more than 3,000 people a year in the U.S. Doctors know very little about it except that it is 100% fatal. In Manhattan last week, Dr. Antonio Rottino, chief pathologist at St. Vincent's Hospital, announced the formation of a research foundation that will study Hodgkin's disease and try to track down its cause & cure.

Hodgkin's disease is a cancerlike swelling of the lymph nodes and lymphoid tissue, which exists throughout the body. The victims—often young people—live, on an average, for about 30 months after the disease takes hold. The accepted treatment at present...

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