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A century ago, a mysterious and disfiguring disease was finally cured by an experiment in Akron, Ohio . . . with a condiment. We ask: it is time to return to Akron, and try the same trick again? Ay, oh, way to go, Ohio. For a transcript of this episode, click here.

Interviewed in this episode: Michael Zimmerman, Jim Feyrer, Sema Segair.

Special thanks to: Margaret Burzynski-Bays at the University Hospital Cleveland Archives, to the Cargill team in St. Clair, Michigan, the home of Diamond Crystal salt, and to comedian and musician Dave Hill.

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Malcolm Gladwell is co-founder of Pushkin Industries and host of the hit podcast Revisionist History. He is a journalist, a speaker, and the author of several New York Times bestsellers including The Tipping…