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|Medicine in 1961
A Laplander has his blood checked for
evidence of radioactive contamination at Helsinki
University, in Finland, after the resumption of nuclear
weapons testing by the U.S.S.R. The Laplanders' diet
relies heavily on reindeer meat, and the reindeer's diet
consists primarily of lichens, which tend to absorb
radioactivity from fall-out.
This "body function recorder" was
developed in 1961 to aid busy hospital nursing staffs.
The "transducer," attached to the ear of a
critically ill or post-operative patient, automatically
measures diastlic and systolic blood pressures, pulse
rate, body temperature, and respiration. An alarm summons
a nurse if high or low limits are exceeded in any of the
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