Medicine: Reactors Undersea

Atomic power used to drive U.S. submarines has added a new dimension to medicine, says Commander Richard F. Dobbins, one of the first two Navy medics* to serve in the revolutionary craft.

Medical problems in Nautilus and Seawolf, Dr. Dobbins told the Queensborough Rotary Club in New York's Long Island City this week, are not merely an extension of those met in conventional diesel-electric subs; they constitute "a really new and unique entity," in which the problem of protecting the crew against radiation is a surprisingly minor factor. Unlike old-fashioned subs, which had a...

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