Ooh, I Almost Glowed!

Nasal Radiation Experiments in the 1950's

For years I've talked about the time, in the spring of 1955, when I was at John's Hopkins Hospital for my "belly aches."  Besides the awful tests (that foul tasting barium and the evil sigmoid exam), one day I was taken into a room with two doctors.  They came at me with long wire "Q-Tips" and tried to put one into my nose.  Even as a eight-year-old, I couldn't see that this had anything to do with those belly-aches.  I fought so hard that they gave up and didn't do the procedure.

It was only recently that I was searching for something else and stumbled on information about Nasal Radium Irradiation of Children.  When I read the description of metal rods with radioactive tips, I realized, "Oh, my gosh, I could have been one of them!!"

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