Such an event is the saga of the radium dial painters aptly chronicled by ross mullner in the book deadly glow the radium dial worker tragedy appropriately published by the american public health association the saga began shortly after the discovery of radium by marie and pierre curie. Reviewed in the united states on march 24 2001 this book is a compelling and carefully documented story of the tragedy of the first widely known victims of the atomic age the radium dial workers the author superbly blends scientific fact with vivid characterizations of the emotions and suffering of these workers. Features deadly glow is the story of a tragedy that ultimately results in the birth of radioactive medicine and provides the bedrock for all information we have on the effects of radioactivity. Deadly glow is an important story of a public health tragedy it chronicles the lives of numerous young women who worked in radium application plants in the early 1900s painting numerals on instrument and watch dials from their experience the harmful effects of radium deposited in the body became known. There was tremendous denial says ross mullner author of deadly glow the radium dial worker tragedy in fact the head of the us radium corporation would never admit that the radium
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