Medicine: New Waves

Medicine is one part human sympathy. Another part (at the opposite extreme) is an ever-growing assortment of complicated gadgetry. At the American Congress of Physical Medicine in Washington last week, two medical machines were given a thorough going-over.

Heat Wave. During the war, employees of the Raytheon Co., which made magnetron (microwave) tubes for radar, found that they could give themselves diathermy ("deep heat") treatments by standing near tubes on the test rack. Some of them got so enthusiastic that they thought the waves could "cure anything."

Raytheon had no such illusions, but its...

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