Medicine: Polio

It is polio season again. Everywhere, health officials are worrying over reports by the Public Health Service that cases are running ahead of last year, which was bad enough. Actually, it is still too soon to tell how most of the U.S. will fare this year. But there is no doubt that Texas is in the grip of a severe epidemic. No fewer than 860 cases have been reported there since the beginning of the "disease year" in late March (compared with 280 a year ago). Houston, with the rest of Harris County, is especially hard hit.

It was in Houston, therefore,...

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