Medicine: Weeping Welders

With red, weepy eyes, steel and shipyard workers on the West Coast have been flocking to doctors by the hundred. By last week, the mysterious eye epidemic had spread from Portland to the San Francisco Bay area, affected at least 2,000 workers. One reason for the rapid increase : welders use each other's tools, gloves, goggles.

First noticed last October among welders at Portland, the affliction appeared to be nothing more than an outbreak of usual welders' eye injuries, caused by ultraviolet rays of torches, or specks of emery dust and steel splinters that...

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