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Report of Radium Commission
The appointment by the government of the radium trust and the radium commission has already been described (The Journal, Nov. 16, 1929, p. 1572, and Dec. 14, 1929, p. 1899). The radium treatment of malignant disease was considered so important that a fund of $1,500,000 was formed by public subscription and the contribution of $500,000 by the government. The body of national trustees which buys radium and controls its custody is the radium trust. Its work is directed by the radium commission, which makes arrangements for the equitable distribution and full use of this radium, both for treatment and for research. The trust and the commission have now issued their first annual report. March 31, the trust had 9,215 Gm. of radium, which cost $473,000. An agreement was made with the Union Minière du Haut Katanga for the purchase of radium at $50 a milligram, which
LONDON. JAMA. 1930;95(19):1437–1438. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720190049018