Medicine: Polio Storm

With polio epidemics raging in Des Moines and Kansas City, and scores of needy patients requiring costly, round-the-clock hospital care, the funds allotted to local chapters by the National Foundation from the March of Dimes were fast running out. So the foundation asked local authorities for permission to stage out-of-season drives for emergency funds. Des Moines agreed, and more than $50,000 has been collected. But in Kansas City the request blew up a storm.

Mayor H. Roe Bartle and the city council were angry because Kansas City had contributed $105,000 to the March of Dimes, got back $34,000 for patient care —and...

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