Medicine: Dyed by Carrots

When they see a patient whose skin has turned yellow, doctors automatically suspect liver disease. In virtually all such cases, the white of the eye is similarly discolored. But a pair of Cincinnati ophthalmologists were puzzled when a patient appeared with a yellow glow all over his face and body, extending even to his palms and soles. The whites of his eyes, however, were unaffected, thus ruling out liver disease. It turned out, report Drs. Ira A. Abrahamson Sr. and Jr. in the A.M.A.'s Archives of Ophthalmology, that the man knew he had cataracts. Like night fighter pilots who believe that...

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