Medicine: The Kissing Disease

In the U.S. Naval Academy's hospital in Annapolis last week, a dozen midshipmen who did not seem critically ill were confined to bed and getting intensive care. In mid-February they had begun to feel lethargic. Then they had developed slight fevers, headaches and sore throats. The lymph glands in their necks and armpits swelled. Medical Officer Edward C. Keene was not surprised—he would have been surprised if he had not had a rash of cases. The ailing mids were victims of infectious mononucleosis, a mysterious disease that breaks out about six weeks after...

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