The Use Of Radiation As A Treatment For Medical Conditions Essay

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One of Man’s strongest instincts is that to protect and provide for himself. In doing so however, he has created nuclear weapons and energy. From experiments with radium in the late 1800s, to the creation of weapons of mass destruction during World War Two and finally the more recent disasters from nuclear power plant meltdowns. Man has started out with good intentions, but in so doing, he may have doomed himself. In 1896, radioactivity was discovered by Henri Becquerel (Nobelprize.org). Upon its discovery, scientists started experiments on it, eager to learn everything they could about it. Radiation was experimented with by numerous scientists, one of the most well known of these, being Madame Curie. She spent her life studying radium, fully supporting the use of radiation as a treatment for many medical conditions (Nobelprize.org). Her research eventually led to her death though, giving her radiation poisoning. From 1945 attention was given to harnessing this energy in a controlled fashion for naval propulsion and for making electricity over 1939 to 1945, most development, however, was focused on the atomic bomb (World-nuclear.org). The Atomic Bomb, or A-Bomb that causes mass destruction to it’s target and surroundings. This weapon works by using nuclear fission, harnessing the power created from splitting a nuclei (cnduk.org). Unfortunately, people did not know about radiation sickness at the time it was created. People would line up to watch the testing of these…

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