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Medicine in 1957

A new antiobiotic became available in 1957. Introduced by Abbott Laboratories, Spontin (trade name for ristocetin) kills bacteria rather than merely halting their growth as many other antibiotics do. Microbiologist Alma Goldstein (below) first isolated it from soil samples brought back from Colorado's Garden of the Gods when she vacationed there several years ago.
Alma Goldstein

In September Dr. Winston H. Price (below), an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University, announced development of a vaccine that in initial tests proved 80% effective against a virus responsible for up to a third of all common colds. Dr. Price reported tests run on 100 children exposed to an outbreak of colds resulting from the virus. Those who got no vaccine caught eight times as many colds as those who did. Approval of the vaccine awaited more tests.
Winston H. Price

An inmate of the Ohio State Penitentiary voluntarily receives an inection of cancer cells. Scientits of the Sloan-Kettering Institute were conducting a program of research in co-operation with the prison in 1957. Fifty-three prisonsers volunteered to participate.
cancer research

In the Year 1957

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