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January 13, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(2):127. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640290057028

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To the Editor:  —Within the last few years there have come to my attention cases of sterility caused by handling radium. Nearly all the patients were young and healthy, and attracted by the steady salary promised, without much knowledge as to the action of radium on their future physical condition and without being informed as to that fact by those supposed to know. The employment, as a rule, is steady and practically continuous until these unfortunates come to realize that through the constant handling of radium they have become sterile. Young laymen, even most of the medical men in such employment, do not know and realize the dangers when they first start. It is impossible for men handling especially big dosages of radium to wear heavy enough lead aprons to be protected. Applicants should be informed of all the dangers, and decide their course with full knowledge in advance of

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