Medicine: Radiological Time Bomb

Mary Miller is 25, bright, attractive and ambitious. She has a husband, an editorial job with a New York publishing company and frequently enjoys her favorite pastimes of skiing and attending the ballet. But Mary (not her real name) also has something that casts a shadow over her otherwise happy life. She is figuratively carrying a time bomb in her neck, never knowing whether—or when—it will go off. As an infant in Milwaukee, she received X-ray treatments to shrink her thymus gland, which doctors suspected was causing breathing problems. As a result of...

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