Medicine: Death in the Valley

In the Peruvian Andes, not far from Lima, lies a haunted valley. To be caught there after dark, natives say, means almost certain death. If late afternoon finds a muleteer in the valley, he gets panicky and whips his beasts to escape lefore sunset. Workers on the Central Railway, which winds between the valley's forbidding mountain walls, insist on being taken home each night. Travelers through the valley dread to ride the railroad in the rainy season, for fear a landslide may maroon their train.

The horror that haunts this valley is a disease...

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