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From: B. Harris)
Subject: Re: Plutonium really the "most toxic poison known to man"?
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997
Newsgroups: alt.folklore.urban,,sci.physics,sci.chem,,

In <> Bill Bonde
<> writes:
>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.

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