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Nice concise article on "The Radium Girls" - a truly tragic tale

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BobbyMike  
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July 06, 2013 05:00AM
I know some of us are already familiar with this story, but in case anyone didn't know....

The famous radium girls



"Doctors prescribed radium-spiked health tonics to patients who felt under the weather. When World War I began, the faint illumination from radium paint allowed soldiers to see their watches, without the light from the watches making them targets. The watches continued to be big sellers after the war, which is why U.S. Radium Corporation took on a group of young women to paint the dials.

The radium girls, confident that they were working with a perfectly wholesome element, sprinkled radium on their hair to make it glow, and painted their nails with it. Although this did expose them to radiation, they weren't poisoned by goofing around. To get the required accuracy with their paint-brushes, they were told to moisten and bring the brush to a point with their lips. Each time they did this, they swallowed a tiny bit of radium."

Here's a little longer look at the story....

"The last of the famous Radium Girls died in the 1930s, and many other former factory workers died of radium poisoning without finding justice. Later medical research would determine that radium behaves much like calcium inside the body, causing it to concentrate in the teeth and bones. By shaping their brushes with their lips as instructed by their knowledgeable supervisors, the dial painters had ingested anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand microcuries of radium per year. One tenth of a microcurie is now considered to be the maximum safe exposure. Marie Curie herself died of radiation-related ailments in 1934. Because radium has a half-life of 1,600 years, her lab notebooks are said to be too highly contaminated to be safely handled even today. Radium continued to be used to illuminate watches until about 1968, but under much safer conditions."




Choosing not to forgive someone the wrong they have done you is like drinking poison and waiting for them to die.

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Nice concise article on "The Radium Girls" - a truly tragic tale Jpeg Attachments URL

BobbyMike186July 06, 2013 05:00AM

Reminds me of a fascinating link (where I first learn of the Radium Girls) URL

Rawland25July 09, 2013 04:48PM

Amazing depressing bit of history. No one knew the perils of the genie that had been let out of the bottle Frown, Sad (n/t)

Nuvolari31July 07, 2013 01:08AM

Thanks for bringing this up again Michael. Tragic! (n/t)

Reto36July 06, 2013 11:14AM

Very sad story! ( We had this subject on a few years ago). (n/t)

IF32July 06, 2013 09:29AM



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