Marie Curie discovered polonium and radium in 18981,2 and died of aplastic anaemia or leukaemia in 1934. At the time, the toxic effects of ionizing radiation were poorly understood. A century later, a lot more is known of the carcinogenic properties of radiation and its ability to cause gross tissue damage and death at high doses.3-5 A striking recent example of radionuclide toxicity was the death in 2006 of Alexander Litvinenko, thought to have been due to the ingestion of polonium-210.6.
|Title of host publication||Environmental Medicine|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2010|