By James Mahaffey
From the instant radiation was once found within the overdue 19th century, nuclear technology has had a wealthy historical past of cutting edge medical exploration and discovery, coupled with blunders, injuries, and downright disasters.Mahaffey, a long-time recommend of persevered nuclear examine and nuclear power, seems to be at each one incident in flip and analyzes what occurred and why, usually getting to know the place scientists went flawed while examining earlier meltdowns.Every incident has result in new elements in figuring out concerning the powerful atom—and Mahaffey places forth what the longer term can be for this ultimate frontier of technological know-how that also holds rather a lot promise.
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She was buried in St. 22 Relentless journalism had made the public painfully aware of the dangers of the radium and its radiation output as no lecture, authoritative text, or a semester of study could. The accounts of horrible disfigurements and lingering deaths suffered by Eben Byers and the Radium Girls still reverberate and became the unfortunate benchmark for the effects of radiation exposure. The federal government became concerned with occupational safety, and labor laws were crafted in Congress resulting from the radium scandals.
US Radium, still denying everything, talked strategy with their legal team as they delayed the proceedings with everything that could be thrown in the way. They eventually settled out of court for a $10,000 30 • JAMES MAHAFFEY lump sum to each woman plus a $600-a-year pension and coverage of all medical expenses. The plant closed. On August 14, 1929, another worker died just eight days after quitting the Radium Dial Co. in Ottawa, Illinois. Margaret “Peg” Looney, an Irish-Catholic redhead, all of 5 foot 2 inches tall and one of ten children, had worked as a dial painter since graduating from high school at 17.
All he had done was to breathe the air in the factory. The Harvard University School of Public Health was brought in by US Radium to examine the factory and give it a clean bill of health. Far from it, the survey found not one worker in the plant with a normal blood count, and the radiation level on the floor was five times above background. ” Sabin A. von Sochocky, immigrated from Austria back in 1913, the inventor of Undark, and the man who started Radium Luminous Materials, was also beginning to feel the effects of occupational radiation.
Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima by James Mahaffey