Clipped From The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
FIVE DEAD OF NEW RADIUM DISEASE IN JERSEY FACTORY Contracted While . . Painting Watch Faces - No Cure Known, Doctor Reveals. Atlantic City. X. J., May 30 Infection and death by radium as a new type of occupational disease formed the subject of a discussion by Dr. F. U Hoffman of New York, before the section on Preventive Medical and Public Health of the American Medical Association here. The speaker revealed that five women have died and ten others have been stricken down with what is called "radium necrosis," brought on while painting watch dials with a radium preparation in a factory In East Oransc, N. J. According to Dr. Hoffman, the women, while handling the radium, had introduced tiny particles into their inomhs by wetting with their tongue the ends of the brushes. The result has been that the gums of those affected disintegrated progressively In spite of everything that could be done. The 15 involved were all young factory girls. Although several Investigations hnvo been made, Dr. Hoffman said that no method has been found by which this radium necrosis, onco it has taken hold, can be hfllted or cured. Tho situation, he said, calls for further expert Inquiry "to avoid still more serious results." Ir. Francis Carter Wood of New York, reading a paper on "Cancer Immunity," declared that neither radium nor anything else Known to science could be considered a cure fog cancer. Surgery, he said, was the only method which might be used In the early stages with success.