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November 1968

Brief Reviews

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(5):465. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00040010465032

This is the fascinating chronicle of the disastrous epidemic of poisoning due to organophosphorous compounds that struck in Morocco in the fall of 1959. It is estimated that 10,000 people who ingested tainted cooking oil were struck by paralysis of varying severity. Some 10% to 15% of the patients remain permanently affected, unable to resume their previous way of life. Editor Albertini tells the story of the remarkable detective work involved in tracking down the etiologic culprit and the efficient organization of medical care, including long-range plans for treatment and rehabilitation. It is a thoroughly absorbing document.