Eben Byers incident

  • Eben was born on April 12, 1880

    Eben was born on April 12, 1880
    -Yale graduate
    -1906 Won Champion in amatuer golf
    -Father made him president of Girard Iron Company
  • Wiliam J.A Bailey

    Wiliam J.A Bailey
    • Bailey Dropped out of medical school From harvard -He claimed he was a Doctor (he was not) which everyone belived -Bailey created radioactive water (radium 226 and 228 isotopes into distilled water)
    • "The Cure for the living dead"
  • The year RADIATHOR launched

    The year RADIATHOR launched
    • Radiothor was lauched in 1918 to the entire united states
    • It was said to " enhance the vital process of the body"
    • Medics were prescribing it from left to right
    • Placebo effect took place as everyone started feeling better
  • Eben’s Injury

    Eben’s  Injury
    -Eben fell from his railway sleeping berth and injured his arm on his way to one of his matches
    - He was in pain and decided to go to a medic to get rid/speed up the process
  • Byers' Fatal purchase

    Byers' Fatal purchase
    • The medic explanied how radiathor could make a speedy recovery & cure anything and with no hesitations Eben purchased the product -The medic had told Eben to take a small spoon a day
    • Placebo effect hit and he started feeling great instantly
    • He started taking a whole bottle a day, which lead to two a day and eventually up to 3 a day
  • It was too late

    It was too late
    -Eben finally stopped his high consumption of radioactive water
    - His upper and lower jaw had decayed, also known as radium jaw. It was then surgically removed which left him a gaping hole where his mouth used to be
    - His nerves were so melted by the sustance, so he no longer felt the pain. His body was rotting from inside out and his bones and tissues disinigrated
    - Byers consumed over 1,400 bottles
  • Eben's death

    Eben's death
    • At the Age of 51 Byers died. March, 31 1932
    • Bailey's company shut down
    • Bailey tried to still sell it under a diffrent name
  • Eden's Radioactive Body

    Eden's Radioactive Body
    • He was sealed inside a lead-lined coffin designed to absorb the radiation
    • Byer's body was exumed to be studied and his remains after 30 years were still radio active.
    • His grave is at Pittsburg Allegheny Cemetary
    • At the time of his death he contained 36 micrograms of radium.