The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women - Chapters 16 – 20 Summary & Analysis

Kate Moore
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At the start of Chapter 16, “United States Radium Corporation HQ, 30 Church Street, New York, 1925,” Marguerite Carlough's and Hazel Kuser’s lawsuit against the USRC was well underway. Roeder attempted to assuage Katherine Wiley, but she and Frederick Hoffman continued to question him. At this point, von Sochocky had already stated that the dial-painters’ illnesses were, in fact, due to their occupation. Roeder also received the Drinkers’ final report on their findings at the USRC that stated the women's exposure to radium was the cause of their illnesses. The report explained that radium disguised itself as calcium to be deposited in the bones of the women consuming it, thus destroying their bones and changing their blood (110).

Although the Drinkers strongly suggested the USRC pay Marguerite's medical bills and establish more safety procedures companywide, the company did not follow their instructions. Furthermore, Viedt submitted a “sleight-of-hand...

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