Virology: Drugs v. Vaccines

Most researchers seek to conquer viral infections by vaccination, and their record has been impressive. A dozen major diseases caused by viruses have virtually succumbed to vaccines, including smallpox, yellow fever, polio and measles; rubella may be next (TIME, June 20). Some investigators, on the other hand, believe that drugs, not vaccines, will eventually conquer many other viral afflictions. Yet when the drug proponents met last week at a Manhattan symposium sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences, they were dispirited and disaffected. The vaccinators, complained Co-Chairman Ernest C. Herrmann...

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