From the November 1980 magazine. First printed in October 1968.

Imagine Such a Disease. . .

From the October 1968 Grapevine

If some new and terrible disease were suddenly to strike us here in America--a disease of unknown cause, possibly due to noxious gas or poison in our soil, air, or water--it would be treated as a national emergency, with our whole citizenry uniting as a man to fight it.

Let us suppose the disease to have so harmful an effect on the nervous system that 5,000,000 people in our country would go insane for periods lasting from a few hours to weeks or months and recurring repetitively over periods of from fifteen to thirty years.

-- Ruth Fox, MD

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