From: firstname.lastname@example.org(Steven B. Harris)
Subject: Re: Plutonium really the "most toxic poison known to man"?
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997
In <347A5360.4DA7DA76@mailexcite.com> Bill Bonde
>Paul Dietz wrote:
>> Totto wrote:
>> > Agree to that one, Radium is a LOT more toxic than Plutonium... and then
>> > there is the radiation, in addition.
>> No, the toxicity *is* radiotoxicity. No "in addition".
>Are you saying that but for the radioactive part, both Radium and
>Plutonium are non-toxic?
I don't know about Pu, but I would expect soluble radium compounds to
have chemical toxicity about like soluble barium compounds. Which is
considerable, at least on the chemical scale. Barium chloride was used
in rat poisons. I imagine a gram or two of radium chloride or nitrate
would kill you in a few days, even without the radiation toxicity
(which would be considerable, to be sure, as 1 gram of Ra = 1000
milliCuries by definition :). Bye, bye bone marrow).
Radium sulfate, of course, would have no chemical toxicity at all.
BTW, names of elements are not capitalized. Chemical symbols are.
Thus: radium chloride = RaCl2.
Steve Harris, M.D.