Medicine: Man & His Itches

Among the minor ills that bring discomforts to man, few are so persistent or so hard to treat as fungus infections—the cause of ringworm (including the stubborn ringworm of the nails), barber's itch, athlete's foot, and jockstrap itch. Last week 300 specialists in fungus infections, convened in Manhattan under auspices of the New York Academy of Sciences, agreed that 1959 had marked a turning point in the history of man and his itches: a new antibiotic, griseofulvin (extracted from a Penicillium species closely related to the source of penicillin), is the best remedy...

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