Medicine: Unnecessary Epidemic

There is scant excuse for any child anywhere in the U.S. to contract diphtheria, let alone to die of it. Conquest of this disease is one of 20th century medicine's most clear-cut triumphs: it can be prevented by inoculation with diphtheria toxoid in the first few months of life, repeated when the child is about ten. Yet in Detroit last week, 72 diphtheria victims were confined in the city's Herman Kiefer Hospital; so far in 1956, Detroit has had 156 cases with five deaths, most of them in the last two months.

Detroit has one of the nation's most intensive programs for...

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