Medicine: Getting Hep

Already this year more than 50,000 cases of infectious hepatitis have been reported to the U.S. Public Health Service—more than double the number recorded a year ago, and more than the total for the entire record year of 1954. Breaking records before it even hits peak season in late fall, infectious hepatitis is mysteriously appearing and disappearing in city and hamlet, hopscotching the map in a manner that leaves epidemiologists at a loss for cogent explanation. Equally frustrated are the physicians who are trying to treat it, using gamma globulin to help prevent it. and ACTH and cortisone-like drugs to...

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