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Medicine: Capsules, Jul. 13, 1953

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¶ Secretary Oveta Culp Hobby dedicated the $64 million Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health at Bethesda, Md., designed to bring research primarily in chronic diseases to the patient’s bedside (TIME, July 2, 1951). It has 500 beds, 1,100 laboratory rooms. First patients, women with cervical cancer, were due this week.

¶ Irritated by hucksters’ exaggerated claims for tooth powders and pastes containing “antienzymatic agents, chlorophyll, ammonia and urea,” as well as antibiotics, the Journal of the American Dental Association said editorially: “Many of these . . . superclaims are on the same low level as those made for discredited cancer cures and arthritis remedies.”

¶ To measure how much nicotine cuts down circulation in the hands and feet, Dr. Morris T. Friedell of Chicago’s Cook County Hospital made 100 volunteers slightly radioactive and put a radiation counter at their fingertips. Of the 79 who had a reaction after smoking a test cigarette, the women showed almost twice as great a change in fingertip blood flow as the men. But, surprisingly, some of the women showed increased blood flow. Dr. Friedell’s conclusions: filtering cigarettes is a good idea, and women need the filtering more than men.

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