Death of a Radium Girl

In 1924, Mae Keane got fired from a job painting watch dials. Failing at the job may have seriously altered her fate. The paint was full of radium. While many of her more "successful" co-workers died young and horribly, Keane lived to the age of 107 — though not without some serious health problems that could have been linked to her short stint as a Radium Girl.

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  1. In 1924, Mae Keane got fired from a job painting watch dials. Failing at the job may have seriously altered her fate. The paint was full of radium.

    "My father was a watch maker. He abandoned it when Einstein discovered time is relative."

  2. Ah, those sad sorry days before tritium.

  3. Would this not be the appropriate article for the Libertarian readers among us to explain how the invisible, corrective hand of the market would have eventually caused the company to change their practices without all that intrusive interference from, shudder, excessive regulations.

    After enough of the women died horrible deaths from the radium poisoning, I'm sure that the kindly and caring plant operators would have changed their procedures. I'm sure as well that the company would never have filed bankruptcy to escape the liability for the lawsuits and ongoing health problems. We don't need government interference or worker protections, let the market work!

  4. burp

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