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Radium therapy. Man with neck cancer receiving radiotherapy treatment from a Bryant Symons radium "bomb" at Westminster Hospital, London, England, in the 1930s. This metallic device produced radiation from a radium source placed close to the patient's skin. In radiotherapy, ionising radiation is targeted on cancerous tissue, destroying the cells or stopping further development of the cancer. The patient has padding on his face to make sure that the bomb remains in position during the treatment. Radium was discovered by the French scientists Marie and Pierre Curie in 1898.
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