Medicine: Those Risky Side Effects

Carney Love was 42, a slight and pretty woman, with two grown children and a record of generally good health; it was nothing more than bleeding gums from a recent tooth extraction that led her doctor, John Wolf of Redding, Calif., to give her the potent antibiotic Chloromycetin. She got the drug again six weeks later for bronchitis—eight prescriptions in all, counting renewals.

Now Mrs. Love's face is beet-red and scarred with acne, and she has to shave daily. She has muscles like a male athlete's. Doctors warn that because Mrs. Love has...

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