Medicine: Streptomycin Looks Better

Streptomycin, the new wonder drug, was in the news again:

¶ Last August, the Army & Navy jointly bought 28 oz. (800,000,000 units—enough for about 800 man-days of treatment); in September they tried to get some 160 oz., and hope for double that in October. But they probably will not get it: the four companies making it can turn out only 14 oz. a month.

¶ Army doctors are enthusiastic about the drug's performance in fresh tuberculosis cases (before the tubercles have become hardened with calcium), in intestinal and urinary infections, and in typhoid fever cases.

¶ Public Health Reports announced last week...

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