Medicine: Tonsil Blitz

Some 400 grinning natives greeted the three Washington specialists (a nose-&-throat man, an internist, a dentist). They had arrived in the Pribilof Islands, north of the Aleutians, for a quick checkup on the health of the seal hunters, who are wards of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The doctors found the Aleuts in generally excellent health. But they were shocked when Aleut children opened their mouths. Their teeth were bad (the dentist promptly took samples of their drinking water for analysis). Their tonsils were worse.

Dr. William Arthur Morgan, head of the three-man mission, rolled up his sleeves and went to...

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