Medicine: Jaundice Water

The disease popularly known as jaundice (actually infectious hepatitis; jaundice is only a symptom) was the No 1 nuisance of World War II. It disabled 30,000 G.I.s in the Mediterranean Theater alone. Last week U.S. Army investigators reported that they had finally run down the disease to its most likely source, and found a way to combat it. The source: polluted drinking water.

Infectious hepatitis, which attacks the liver, is rarely fatal, but invariably puts its victims in bed for two to three months. It may be much more widespread than formerly supposed. Reason: most of the symptoms (headache, fever, vomiting) are...

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