radiation overdose

“What accident?” “Hadn’t you heard?” Krinkles said. “When Dave was in the army, just a private E-2, they sent him down to Oak Ridge on special duty. Something to do with the Manhattan Project. He was handling hot stuff one day and got an overdose of radiation. So now he’s got to wear lead gloves all the time.” She shook her head sympathetically. “What an awful break for a piano player.”

Thomas Pynchon, “Entropy”