Medicine: Feel Better Now?

Washington had come to the conclusion that the public is far too jittery about the atom bomb. Said Colonel James P. Cooney of the Army Medical Corps : "If a bomb were dropped on one of our cities tomorrow, mass hysteria would probably cause the unnecessary loss of many lives." In soothing vein, the Surgeon General's office this week issued a statement with a cheery title: "Army Doctors Say Hysteria Need Not Follow Atom-Bomb Explosion." Some of its reassuring points:

"Sensational prophecies" have insisted that the effects of radiation (on the heredity carriers called genes) would produce a race of monsters....

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