The following article is reprinted in its entiretywith permission from The New York Times.
January 24, 2010The Radiation BoomRadiation Offers New Cures, and Ways to Do HarmBy Walt Bogdanich
As Scott Jerome-Parks lay dying, he clung to this wish: that his fatal radiation overdose—which left him deaf, struggling to see, unable to swallow, burned, with his teeth falling out, with ulcers in his mouth and throat, nauseated, in severe pain, and finally unable to breathe—be studied and talked about publicly so that others might not have to live his nightmare.
Sensing death was near, Mr. Jerome-Parks summoned his family for a final Christmas. His friends sent two buckets of sand from the beach where they had played as children so he could touch ...