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Eben Byers death... radium...



Item # 625698

April 1, 1932

THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 1, 1932

* Eben Byers death
* Radium - radiation


The front page has one column headings that include: "EBEN M. BYERS DIES OF RADIUM POISONING" "Noted Sportsman, 51, Has Drunk a Patented Water for a Long Time" "Criminal Inquiry Begun" and more. (see) Lengthy coverage continues on page 11 with photo of Byers. Always nice to have notable events in history reported in this World famous publication.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 44 pages, this is the rare rag edition that was produced on very high quality newsprint, with a high percentage of cotton & linen content, allowing the issues to remain very white & sturdy into the present. Given the subscription cost, libraries & institutions rather than individuals were the primary subscribers of these high-quality editions. Nice condition.

wikipedia notes: Byers began taking enormous doses of Radithor, which he believed had greatly improved his health, drinking nearly 1400 bottles. By 1930, when Byers stopped taking the remedy, he had accumulated significant amounts of radium in his bones resulting in the loss of most of his jaw. Byers' brain was also abscessed and holes were forming in his skull. His death on March 31, 1932 was attributed to "radiation poisoning" using the terminology of the time, but it was due to cancers, not acute radiation syndrome.

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