Medicine: Capsules, Oct. 10, 1955

¶ A medical team from the Naval Medical Research Institute and the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory reported on the radioactive fallout that occurred over the Marshall Islands area in the spring of 1954 following a thermonuclear-bomb test explosion. Findings: 1) the blast apparently did no permanent damage to Marshallese; 2) skin lesions and loss of hair developed in 90% of the group two weeks after exposure, but both conditions disappeared quickly.

¶ In southwestern Indiana, public-health officials were fighting to contain a month-old epidemic of encephalitis (an inflammation of the brain caused by...

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