Medicine: Rays & Bone Marrow

Dramatic progress was reported last week in efforts to cure victims of massive overdoses of radiation, and to turn this new-won skill to advantage in treating victims of acute leukemia. Nub of the problem is the fact that the human blood system responds automatically to the presence of foreign protein by developing antibodies to destroy it. This is why skin grafts and organ transplants do not "take'' permanently, except between identical twins.

Radiation in doses exceeding about 400 r. (for roentgen) is usually fatal because it destroys the bone marrow's blood-forming mechanism,...

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