Medicine: TB Vaccine: Pro & Con

The question of whether vaccination against tuberculosis should be extended in the U.S., long moot because of doctors' skepticism about the vaccine, is up for searching reexamination. Columbia University's Dr. H. McLeod Riggins declares that the U.S. has failed to put into full use "a scientifically proved vaccine" against TB because of "a false sense of security." Reason: the dramatic drop (of 76%) in the TB death rate since "wonder drugs" were found to treat the disease after 1945.

"Too many physicians," says Dr. Riggins, "overlook the fact that almost as many new...

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