Recommended Reading: NPR Interviews Kate Moore, Author Of 'The Radium Girls'
Pierre and Marie Curie in their research center, mid 1900s.
Though today the risks of radiation are generally perceived, in 1917 (when the U.S. Radium Corporation started a new business) there was still a long way from an overall agreement that with radiation came wellbeing dangers. Henri Becquerel had found radiation as a marvel identifying with radioactive substances in 1896, and the expression “radioactivity” was begat by his then-doctoral understudy, Marie Curie. These early analysts treated their radium tests with what today would be viewed as frightful recklessness however a comprehension of the more extensive perils of radiation came generally gradually. (Marie Curie would at last bite the dust of aplastic frailty, identified with her treatment of radioactive materials, and even today a considerable lot of her papers are radioactive to the point that they require anybody taking care of them to wear radiation shielding.)
The “Radium Girls” really ingested impressive measures of radium on account of the act of putting a fine point on their paint brushes by licking them. Inadvertent ingestion was extreme to such an extent that large numbers of the specialists in a real sense gleamed in obscurity. In spite of the fact that the administration of U.S. Radium by then speculated radium was a wellbeing peril, and found a way to secure themselves, they don’t did anything to debilitate the training and in any event, when their laborers started to show serious side effects of radiation harming – including distorting malignancies of the jaw – they kept on endeavoring to deny the threats of radium.
1921 notice for “Undark” radium paint. (Image: Wikipedia)
Kate Moore, who just distributed another book named The Radium Girls, was talked with this end of the week by NPR, and goes into a great deal of detail on how the certainly appalling destiny of the US Radium Corporation laborers drove not exclusively to a superior comprehension of the threats of radiation, yet in addition to better wellbeing in the work environment in general.
Read the full story and tune in to the meeting here.