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September 26, 1925


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JAMA. 1925;85(13):961-965. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670130023007

An investigation into the subject of radium necrosis was suggested to me by a number of unusual cases of necrosis among young women living in the Oranges and Newark, N. J., all of whom had at one time or another been employed at a radium plant engaged in the manufacture of luminous watch dials. The facts of the situation were first brought to my attention by the executive secretary of the New Jersey Consumers' League with the request that I investigate the circumstances and contribute the results of my research toward a possible solution of a serious industrial disease problem. What follows represents rather the results of a fact finding process than of a technical investigation into matters of detail for which I would not be qualified. Interviews were had as nearly as possible with all the interested parties as well as with attending physicians, dentists or others in position

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