Madame Marie Curie was the first Radium Girl...she died on July 4, 1934 of aplastic anemia caused by exposure to the radium she discovered and received the Nobel Prize for. Her body was so radioactive, she and her husband Pierre were interned in the Paris Pantheon in one inch led coffins. Marie Curie was so fascinated by her "beautiful" radium and it's enchanting glow she carried a test tube in her lab coat, slept with it, used it for toothpaste and drank it. Her daughters death due to leukemia is a testiment to the intergenerational hazards of exposure to ionizing radiation! The Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring program is the first human biomonitoring program to detect an aggregate of multiple radioactive biomarkers on multiple screenings of residents and workers at a federal Superfund site.
Ahimsa Porter Sumchai MD- Director & PI. Founding Chair- Radiological Committee Hunters Point Shipyard RAB 2001, Former Attending MD VA Toxic Registry & SFDPH