Medicine: Atoms & Man

Only six years have elapsed since twelve physicians got together in a Spokane hotel and put up $10 each to start an atomic medicine society, loudly proclaiming their hope that it would never grow into "one of those big, formal organizations." Last week 600 members of the big, formal Society of Nuclear Medicine (total membership: 1,500) jammed the Stanley Hotel in Colorado's Estes Park to report progress in applying nuclear science to medicine.

From dozens of technical papers spread over four atom-packed days, it was clear that what was true when the society was founded is still true: nuclear medicine offers no...

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