Medicine: Mind, Body & Mines

Suffering man's infinite capacity for self-deception was demonstrated last week, with radioactive trimmings appropriate to the atomic age, in the little Montana mining towns of Boulder (pop. 1,017) and Basin (pop. 250). From far & near came hundreds of bent, gnarled and crippled men & women, mostly victims of some variety of arthritis, all pathetically seeking a magical cure. Many thought they were benefited. Undoubtedly benefited were the owners of two abandoned silver mines, hotel and motel keepers, beanery proprietors and taxi drivers. Boulder and Basin had not seen the like since the bonanza days of the 1890s.

The rush began last...

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