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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 17, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 5',
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MONKEYS TO SAVE NATION'S BABIES!
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New York, July 17. Science is
depending upon monkeys to help
save the lives of the nation's babies!
Medical experts leading the fight
to stamp out infantile paralysis have
sent an appeal to the zoos, of Amer
ica for Monkeys to use in experi
ments to find a preventative and cure
for the dreaded disease.
There is need for an immediate
supply of the simians, say health au
thorities, if they are to prevent a
widespread epidemic, of the scourge
that is taking a death toll in New
York of more than one baby every
Orders for large numbers of mon
keys have been sent to South Ameri
ca and other countries' where the
primates abound, but the shipments
will not be available for at least 30
days. Time is essential to effective
warfare against the disease.
Practically all that is known about
infantile paralysis has been learned
through experiments on monkeys in
laboratories of the medical world.
Monkeys do not contract this par
ticular disease, but in some ways
they are so much like man they offer
the greatest chance for experiments.
There are other diseases to which
the monkey is just as susceptible as
human beings. Many contract tuber
culosis anTl pneumonia.
There are many paralytic diseases
similar to infantile paralysis that are
known to occur among monkeys, but