Obenski column: End of childhood diseases was in sight

In the good old days, life expectancy was shorter than today. A few humans did live to be 100, very few. What was more important was the number of premature deaths from such “natural causes” as cancer, diarrhea, pneumonia, polio, typhoid fever, cholera, heart attack, small pox, and childhood diseases like mumps, measles, rubella, chicken pox.