Medicine: Germs of Untruth

Into U.S. medical libraries each week pours a flood of technical journals in a score of languages. Some are more reliable than others, but essentially all have one characteristic in common: their learned articles are penned by specialists who describe in detail only the experiments which they have personally conducted, report results personally observed.

Among the latest batch of publications was a sleeper: a special issue of the Chinese Medical Journal, now subtitled "the official organ of the Chinese Medical Association." Printed in English in Peking, the special issue is nothing but an...

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