Medicine: Sister Kenny Endorsed

A revolutionary method of treatment for victims of acute infantile paralysis was endorsed last week by the Journal of the American Medical Association. It consists of hot compresses and exercises (TIME, June 23) developed by Sister* Elizabeth Kenny, a nurse in the Australian bush, who came to the U.S. last year, worked in Minneapolis hospitals.

Sister Kenny's treatment, which is effective if used as soon as the disease begins: 1) hot compresses are kept on the painful muscles to relieve spasms; 2) while the patient is still in bed, he is given gentle exercises to tone up and re-educate the muscles. In...

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