Medicine: Radium Women

Five young New Jersey women who were poisoned while painting luminous watch dials for U. S. Radium Corp., two years ago heard doctors pronounce their doom: one year to live (TIME, June 4, 1928). The company met their lawsuits by giving each $10,000 cash and $600 a year "for life."

Only one of the five women has yet died. She was Mrs. Quinta MacDonald, 34, mother of two; died six months ago. Three of the others have led carefully restricted existences, staving off death.*

The other survivor,...