Medicine: Scalping Little Boys

Reupholstering chairs is simple compared with reupholstering little boys. But New York City's doctors were busy on both last week. Reason: the first epidemic of scalp ringworm in the U.S.¬ómostly on little boys.

It all started in Queens, where, doctors believe, some feckless fub with a ring-wormy scalp rested his head on the back of a public seat. He thereby infected many other little Queens boys who lolled back in the same seat. They infected more chairs, more little boys. Then some little Queens boys infected chair backs and friends in Manhattan, and...

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