Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Pittsburgh history in everything....... even this

The AP is running a story on some recently disclosed documents pertaining to attempts at developing radiologic weapons over a half century ago. The idea for that could easily have come from the death of Pittsburgh industrialist Eben Byers. Byers, who had founded a local steel company and had been the national amateur golf champion, died in 1932. His death was national news that for the most part ended the public acceptance of quack radioactive therapies. He was literally prescribed a daily dosage of Radithor a radium based medicine that he would drink after meals. I was going to say that price for the stuff: $30/bottle in 1932 was pretty expensive, but it comes out to $455 and many know plenty of prescription medicine these days come in a lot higher than that.

Scarier is a quote referenced in the Carnegie's piece on Byers where the manufacturer of the stuff "insisted that his product could not have been the cause of Byers's death." ....... even stating: 'I have drunk more radium water than any man alive,' Mr. Bailey said, 'and I never have suffered any ill effects.' Now there is a credible source.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

For some reason I picture this manufacturer sprouting extra arms and turning into a horrible mutant insect creature.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007 9:48:00 AM  

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