Medicine: Battle Report

While volunteers toiled toward their goal of $20 million in the emergency March of Dimes, public-health workers pored over their figures last week, trying to decide how bad the 1954 polio epidemic would be. Polio strikes are so variable (not only from year to year, but between regions of the U.S. and even between adjoining states) that the experts could see no overall trend, and the year's peak for the disease outbreaks may still be ahead. This much was certain: in 1954 the reported cases have totaled 12,699—7% less than the comparable period last year, but 4% more than the period's...

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