Medicine: Polio Clues

Doctors have battled epidemics of infantile paralysis for 50 years, but they still know practically nothing about the cause & cure of that dread disease. In trying to come to grips with poliomyelitis, they still clutch at brilliant, fantastic-sounding clues hit on from time to time by hard-working bacteriologists. Last week, at the Manhattan meeting of the International Congress for Microbiology, two new clues turned up.

Vitamin C. While conning statistics of a poliomyelitis epidemic in Australia last year, Bacteriologist Claus W. Jungeblut of Columbia noticed that patients with ill-balanced diets suffered far...

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