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Subject: The health-giving radium of Oz
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Date: 2018-08-24T15:15:57
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One of the weirder episodes in the Oz series is in The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913):

The room was of dazzling brilliance and beauty, for it was lined throughout with an exquisite metal that resembled translucent frosted silver. The surface of this metal was highly ornamented in raised designs representing men, animals, flowers and trees, and from the metal itself was radiated the soft light which flooded the room. All the furniture was made of the same glorious metal, and Scraps asked what it was.

“That's radium,” answered the Chief. “We Horners spend all our time digging radium from the mines under this mountain, and we use it to decorate our homes and make them pretty and cosy. It is a medicine, too, and no one can ever be sick who lives near radium.”

Marie Curie, co-discoverer of radium, died in 1934 of chronic illnesses caused by her long exposure to radiation.