Medicine: Spilled Radium

The oil-booming east Texas town of Tyler (pop. 57,000) was recovering from a nasty jolt last week. RADIOACTIVE COBALT BURNS TYLER YOUTH, newspaper headlines had proclaimed; AEC and state health department officials with Geiger counters had combed the town with all the thoroughness of oil prospectors. Fortunately, they had found only negligible radioactivity at suspected sites. But the lad who started it all was still under observation for doctors to figure out how much damage he had done to himself.

John Giles Pierce, 19 next week, is a tall, husky youth with a yen to play with dynamite—or worse. Discharged from the...

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