Medicine: Rescue by Radiation

One morning in mid-March. Mrs. Gladys Lowman, 31, wife of a roofer in Franklin, Ohio, awoke with what she called a bad stomachache. Drugs brought no relief all day. An orange-sized lump soon began to bloat her abdomen. When her doctor ordered emergency surgery. Dr. Walter A. Reese at Ohio's Middletown Hospital operated at once. He found a hemorrhage in a kidney that had apparently been displaced from birth. Swiftly, because the patient otherwise would have bled to death, Surgeon Reese removed the kidney. Despite massive transfusions, Mrs. Lowman lost so much blood...

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