The women radium dial painters as experimental subjects (1920–1990) or what counts as human experimentation

@article{Rentetzi2004TheWR,
  title={The women radium dial painters as experimental subjects (1920–1990) or what counts as human experimentation},
  author={Maria Rentetzi},
  journal={NTM International Journal of History \& Ethics of Natural Sciences, Technology \& Medicine},
  year={2004},
  volume={12},
  pages={233-248}
}
  • Maria Rentetzi
  • Published 2004
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • NTM International Journal of History & Ethics of Natural Sciences, Technology & Medicine
The case of women radium dial painters — women who tipped their brushes while painting the dials of watches and instruments with radioactive paint — has been extensively discussed in the medical and historical literature. Their painful and abhorrent deaths have occupied the interest of physicians, lawyers, politicians, military agencies, and the public. Hardly any discussion has concerned, however, the use of those women as experimental subjects in a number of epidemiological studies that took… Expand