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A Dictionary of Public Health (2 ed.)

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2018

...radium mines have a high risk of cancer from exposure to ionized radiation, as did workers with radium salts (used to make luminous paint) until protective measures were applied. The properties of radium were investigated by the French physicist Pierre Curie ( 1859–1906 ) and his Polish wife, Marie Sklodowska Curie ( 1867–1934 ). She received two Nobel Prizes for her work but ultimately died of radiation-induced cancer. ...

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