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,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!