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Deadly Sunshine: The History and Fatal Legacy of Radium
The element Radium, touted in ‘sunshine units’, be

Our Price: $25.00
By David I. Harvie (au)
Year: 2005
Pages: 288
Binding Paperback
ISBN 0-7524-3395-4

Product Code: 1422358798

The element Radium, touted in ‘sunshine units’, became fashionable in the early years of the 20th cent., finding a place in a galaxy of products, from med. to food, clothing to toys, hearing devices & even contraceptives. It also inspired all sorts of quackery, with claims for Radium cures for conditions from schizophrenia to the mysterious ‘debutante’s fatigue’. In rare situations of excess, Radium can kill, & that fact has generated fear & loathing of its pioneering role in our nuclear world. But its contribution in med. has been vital. Here is an insight into the social history of scientific discovery. From dial painters’ deaths in NY to the 500+ sites in the UK still contaminated with Radium, this is an intriguing account of scientific discovery, use & abuse.

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