Pediatrics: Those Tired Children

The 30 patients, aged three to twelve, had two things in common: they lived on U.S. Air Force bases; and they were suffering from nervousness, continuous fatigue, headaches, loss of sleep, belly aches, and sometimes vomiting. The medics at both Fairchild A.F.B., near Spokane, Wash., and Lackland A.F.B.

in Texas asked all the obvious questions of both the kids and their parents; they did all the usual tests for infections and childhood illnesses, checked the food and water supply — and found nothing to account for what they called "the tired-child syndrome." In desperation, the medics went back to questioning...

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