The Superficial Aspect

May 1955
New Republic;5/23/55, Vol. 132 Issue 21, p16
The article discusses the useless innovations in the field of medicine. The affair of Salk vaccine involves no moral turpitude. Neither the U.S. Administration nor the Republican Party had anything to gain by risking the snarl-up that has occurred, so this cannot be described as an instance in which inept politicians out-smarted themselves. To an outside observer, it seems improbable that the U.S. government was guilty of a single evil thought in connection with this business. It was, content to follow the routine established many years ago to protect the public against harmful or useless innovations in the field of medicine.


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