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Radithor should have never be patented but, because it was, it changed the outlook of the general public on medicine. It was generally stated that a medicine was 'harmles until proven otherwise'. Radithor was just a demonstratin of how dangerous that theory could be.

One then could look at it (and its harmful effects) as a necessity or, at least, unavoidable.


I've removed this entirely spurious material. The Oak Ridge article is very clear on the constituents of Radithor: "Prior to being emptied, the bottle pictured at left contained one-half ounce of Radithor, i.e., triple distilled water guaranteed to contain at least 1 microcurie each of Ra-226 and Ra-228." The bottle label in the image reads "Contains Radium and Mesothorium in Triple Distilled Water" ('Mesothorium' - strictly, 'Mesothorium I' - is an outdated name for Ra-228)

No mention of "isothiouranium". Perhaps the original contributor had got muddled up with isothiouronium salts, which are derivatives of thiourea, have nothing to do with uranium, and are not radioactive. Kay Dekker (talk) 23:04, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

Comparison with Laudanum[edit]

Laudanum wasn't quackery in the sense that it had no medical purpose whatsoever; the mixture of opium and alcohol is effective as a painkiller even if the substance was misued and inappropriately given to children.Factsontheground (talk) 12:39, 26 November 2009 (UTC)

External links[edit]

"Scientific American; August 1993; The Great Radium Scandal; by Roger Macklis" link under a paywall. — Preceding unsigned comment added by LuisBrudna (talkcontribs) 16:31, 21 December 2015 (UTC)