A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 16, 1976

"The story is very frightening," said TIME Correspondent James Willwerth. What was worrying Willwerth last week was a question for which millions of Americans, from epidemiologists to the victims' families sought an answer: What microbe, fungus, toxin or other killer took the lives of more than a score of people who had been present at the 1976 annual convention of the Pennsylvania American Legion in Philadelphia? "Death here," reported Willwerth by telephone from Harrisburg, where he talked with investigating doctors, "is just as sudden and unexplained as in a crime or science-fiction...

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