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April 14, 1906

A New Radium Danger.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(15):1124. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510420054020

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Abstract

New York, April 7, 1906.

To the Editor:  —I notice an editorial reference in to-day's issue to an explosion of a radium tube in Germany. The liability to this accident was pointed out by me nearly two years ago in the Medical Record, June 20, 1904, as follows: "The second cause for the perforation of a glass tube is the increase of electric potential within the tube. Just as soon as this becomes sufficiently high the electricity sparks through.... To guard against this accident I would propose what appears to me a very simple and effective remedy, namely, sealing a small piece of platinum wire into the glass tube. It need only project a very short distance into the tube, and externally may be flush with the glass."Radium in an aluminum tume is, of course, not liable to this accident, but to another quite as serious. If an alumninum

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