Medicine: Red Cholera

After a 14-hour day wielding the hypodermic on hundreds of terrified Chinese in Hong Kong's refugee-packed city of Victoria, the exhausted British doctor could no longer keep a stiff upper lip. "Damn them!" he exploded. "They had this thing raging in there, and they tried to keep it a secret. It's inhuman." By "they" he meant Communist authorities of Red China, who had a cholera epidemic for months in Kwangtung province, around Canton, and had tried to keep news of it from slipping through the cracks in the Bamboo Curtain. They could not keep the tiny microbe of cholera, Vibrio comma,...

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