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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Kristen Anderson

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Revealing the dark side of Curie’s ‘beautiful radium’

Row upon row of women sat in a musty factory hand-painting watch dials. Each woman brought her camel-hair paintbrush to her lips, drew it into a point and carefully drew on numbers with a radiolumiescent paint. One by one these dial painters mysteriously became ill. They suffered from anemia, bone fractures and jaw necrosis, and some even died.

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