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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