Medicine: Shipyard Disaster

"Leprosy!" was the rumor when 19 employes of California Shipbuilding Corp. at Los Angeles developed gruesome sores on their hands and feet, and some had to have fingers and hands cut off. At least one man seemed certain to lose a foot.

One day last month the 19 "lepers" were told that doctors had at last figured out what was wrong: they were suffering from X-ray burns. Here & there a wife wept quietly. But most of the men felt better at once, though they were victims' of the most tragic blunder in U.S. industrial medicine.

The trouble began almost a year ago....

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