The Radiendocrinator (ca. 1930)
|According to American Endocrine
Laboratories, the Radiendocrinator (pronounced Ra-di-en-do-cri-na-tor) was
"the last word in scientific manufacture." It had to be to justify its $150
Check out the beautiful dark blue embossed leatherette case! Opening it up, you see the gold plated Radiendocrinator nestled in its velvet lined pocket (photo below left).
It was intended to be placed over the endocrine glands, "which have so masterful a control over life and bodily health." As one example of its use, men were advised as follows:
|The Radiendocrinator was sufficiently radioactive
that I had to remove the source before it could be displayed. The source
consisted of seven or so radium soaked blotter-like pieces of paper about
the size and shape of credit cards. These were covered with a thin piece
of clear plastic and two gold-wire screens. As might be expected, it
did leak and the inside of the case is mildly contaminated.
William J. Bailey, inventor of the Radiendocrinator (and Radithor), had great faith in his products and he claimed to use all of them. Bailey, who said he had drunk more radium water than any living man, died in 1949 of bladder cancer at 64 years of age.
Exposure Rates: Nothing above background currently detectable since the source has been removed. Prior to the removal of the source I believe the beta-gamma GM detector response was ca. 200 mR/hr on contact.
Donated by the Texas Department of Health, courtesy of Robin Houston.
Copyright 1999, Oak Ridge Associated Universities