Medicine: La Maladie de Boheme

The 70,000 students who live and work in Paris' Latin Quarter have long been famed for their individualism. They take pride in it; as a tourist attraction and source material for novels, they consider themselves one of France's national assets. Outsiders have long accepted their eccentricities and ascribed them simply to bohemianism. A young man or woman who lived in a fifth-floor garret, dressed like a Basque fisherman and sported an outrageous hairdo, was expected to be glamorously undernourished and suspected of harboring tuberculosis. But otherwise their elders were more worried about their morals than their health. Now, it seems, the...

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