Toxicity of ingested radionuclides

John Harrison*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Medicine
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781444128444
ISBN (Print)9780340946565
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


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