Medicine: A Battle Against Deadly Dust

Doctors join forces to treat radiation victims in Brazil

"We are living in a new age of medicine." That was the appraisal last week of Dr. Robert Gale, a UCLA hematologist and veteran of the medical team that treated victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster last year. Gale had just returned from Rio de Janeiro, where with an international group of physicians he had spent ten days treating six badly irradiated victims of a bizarre accident in Brazil with an experimental drug called GM-CSF. "When it comes to these disasters," concluded Gale, who will soon return to Rio, "all the handbooks on treatment will have to be rewritten."

Indeed, Brazilian...

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