Late in 1981 a reporter for a large newspaper (we’ll call her Karen to protect her interest in remaining anonymous) gained access to some previously classified government files. Karen was investigating the government’s funding of research into the short- and long-term effects of exposure to radioactive waste. It was with understandable surprise that, included in these files, she discovered the records of a series of experiments involving the induction and treatment of coronary thrombosis (heart attack). Conducted over a period of 15 years by a renowned heart specialist (we’ll call him Dr Ventricle) and financed with government funds, the experiments in all likelihood would have remained unknown to anyone outside Dr Ventricle’s sphere of power and influence had not Karen chanced upon them.
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