Medicine: Capsules, Aug. 30, 1954

¶ An armor vest was recommended for U.S. civil defense by Army doctors reporting on its success in Korea. There, the 8-lb. nylon vest defeated two-thirds of all body hits by shell fragments or low-velocity bullets. The doctors reason that it should work as well in bombed cities, where most injuries are caused by flying debris.

¶ Instead of waiting to compile statistics on what people die of, the Washington State Health Council ran a survey to find what makes them go to a doctor at any time of life. Main findings: they go an average of 4.8 times a year, and...

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