That afternoon, Hemstock went to the library in Guilford and, with the help of a computer index, spent an hour or so looking up references to electromagnetic fields. He then went to the libraries in Branford and North Branford, to the west of Guilford, and did the same thing. By the end of the afternoon, he had made a list of more than a dozen articles, published in various magazines, medi¬cal journals, and newspapers around the nation, about the association of electromagnetic fields from power lines and other sources with cancer and other diseases. At the same time, he decided to investigate other possible causes of the disease on Meadow Street, such as chemicals being used at the Clinipad Corporation’s factory, on High Street — about a quarter of a mile east of Meadow — which manufactures antiseptic medicinal pads.
At about 5:30 P.M., he called Lor¬etta Nelson, who had just returned home from work, and told her about his conversation with the supervisor at Con¬necticut Light & Power, his research at the three libraries, and his decision to investigate the chemicals being used by Clinipad. He then suggested that she get in touch with some of her neighbors on Meadow Street and hold a meet¬ing toward the end of the week so that he could present his findings to them and learn how they might want to proceed.