Medicine: Capsules, Sep. 21, 1953

¶ The polio season apparently passed its peak in the third week of August, about a fortnight earlier than usual, said the Public Health Service. But with 18,825 cases reported thus far, 1953 will still rank as a high polio year. Only 1952 (26,016 cases) and 1949 (22,756) had more reported cases at the same date.

¶ Infants can tolerate the surgeon's knife better than their parents, said Dr. Willis J. Potts, a pioneer in "Blue-Baby" surgery. Reason: unlike grownups, infants "don't worry . . . they are not concerned about whether they are going to get well or not. They...

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