Medicine: Atomic Diagnosis

For most patients, the old-fashioned basal metabolism test is a mild form of torture, but that would be no reason for discarding it if it were a consistently accurate test. The fact is that it is far from reliable, and four Navy researchers have come to the conclusion that in big medical centers with facilities for handling radioisotopes. it should be replaced by the "atomic cocktail."

Since the thyroid is the key organ in metabolism, and since radioactive iodine-131 makes a beeline for the thyroid, a simple check with a scintillation counter held against...

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