• Short Summary

    "STRONTIUM SWEETS" WERE LABORATORY TESTED IN LONDON YESTERDAY (MONDAY) TO DISCOVER THEIR EFFICIENCY AS ANTIDOTES TO RADIOACTIVE FALLOUT, WHICH AFFECTS THE THYROID GLAND.

  • Description

    1.
    LV EXT. WELBECK LABORATORY, THREE SUBJECTS GREETED BY DR. ASH
    0.12

    2.
    CU NAMEPLATE "BIOCHEMICAL LABORATORY"
    0.15

    3.
    SV ASH EXPLAINS DEMONSTRATION
    1.14

    4.
    SCU SUBJECT 1 GIVEN SWEET
    1.15

    5.
    SCU SUBJECT 2 GIVEN SWEET
    1.19

    6.
    SCU SUBJECT 3 GIVEN SWEET
    1.25

    7.
    SV ASH DEMONSTRATION; HANDS RADIO IODINE TO SUBJECT 1, WHO DRINKS
    1.55

    8.
    CU GEIGER-COUNTER AGAINST SUBJECT 16s THROAT (TWO SHOTS)
    2.01

    9.
    CU GEIGER-COUNTER REACTING SLIGHTLY
    2.08

    10.
    SV SUBJECT 1 LEAVES
    2.15

    11.
    CU DR. ASH
    2.17

    12.
    SV SUBJECT 2 HANDED RADIO IODINE, DRINKS
    2.38

    13.
    CU GEIGER-COUNTER REGISTERING RADIOACTIVITY
    2.42

    14.
    SV SUBJECT 2 LEAVES
    2.53

    15.
    CU NOTES BEING TAKEN
    2.56

    16.
    SV SUBJECT 3 TAKES RADIO IODINE
    3.23

    17.
    CU ASH HOLDS GEIGER-COUNTER AGAINST SUBJECT 3'S NECK
    3.26

    18.
    CU GEIGER-COUNTER REACTING SLIGHTLY
    3.31

    19.
    SV ASH TAKES AWAY GEIGER-COUNTER
    3.34

    20.
    CU ASH
    3.36

    21.
    SV ASH CONCLUDES DEMONSTRATION
    4.11


    "WHAT I AM GOING TO SHOW IS THE EFFECT OF THE SWEETS PROTECTING PEOPLE AGAINST THE TAKING OF RADIO IODINE (RADIOACTIVE). EACH OF THREE SUBJECTS WILL BE GIVEN A SWEET; AND ONE OF THE SWEETS WILL NOT CONTAIN NATURAL IODINE, WHICH IS THE PROTECTIVE MATERIAL AGAINST RADIO IODINE. AFTER THE SUBJECTS HAVE EACH TAKEN THEIR SWEETS, WE'RE GOING TO PUT A GEIGER-COUNTER AGAINST THEIR THROAT WHEN THEY HAVE TAKEN THE RADIO IODINE.



    "THE SUBJECT WHO IS NOT PROTECTED WILL CONCENTRATE THE RADIO IODINE IN HIS THROAT SO THAT WHEN WE PUT THE GEIGER-COUNTER AGAINST HIS THROAT IT WILL MAKE A LOT OF CLICKING HERE. AND THE TWO SUBJECTS THAT ARE PROTECTED - THE TWO PROTECTED SUBJECTS - WILL NOT PRODUCE A CLICKING WHEN THE GEIGER-COUNTER IS PUT AGAINST THEIR THROATS. SO THAT IS THE FIRST DEMONSTRATION."



    "THE FIRST I WANT TO SHOW IS THE EFFECT OF THE RADIO-ACTIVE IODINE ON THE GEIGER-COUNTER. YOU CAN HEAR IT CLICKING WHEN THE SOURCE IS HELD NEAR IT. THEN I WANT TO GIVE A SUBJECT THE RADIO IODINE. MR. REID, WILL YOU COME AND SIT DOWN HERE PLEASE."



    "NOW I'M GOING TO PUT THE GEIGER-COUNTER AGAINST YOUR THYROID GLAND TO SHOW THE EFFECT OF THIS ON YOUR THYROID." THE GEIGER-COUNTER REACTED SLIGHTLY



    "MR. WILCOXSON, WILL YOU COME HERE. THANK YOU. AND NOW WE PUT THE GEIGER-COUNTER AGAINST HIS NECK, AND WE TAKE HIS COUNT." THE GEIGER-COUNTER REGISTERED GREATER RADIOACTIVITY.



    "THANK YOU",



    "IT WAS HUMAN GUINEA PIG NO. 2 WHO WAS NOT PROTECTED. HUMAN GUINEA PIG NO. 1 WAS PROTECTED BY TAKING THESE SWEETS OVER A PERIOD; AND HUMAN GUINEA PIG NO. 3 WAS PROTECTED BY JUST TAKING A LARGE DOSE OF THESE SWEETS THIS MORNING, HAVING NOT BEEN PROTECTED BEFORE.



    "SO HUMAN GUINEA PIG NO. 2 WAS THE PERSON WHO WAS NOT PROTECTED AGAINST RADIO LIODINE AND HAS BEEN SHOWN INDEPENDENTLY BY TWO DIFFERENT LABORATORIES; ONE, A MEDICAL LABORATORY AND, TWO, A SCIENTIFIC LABORATORY"




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: "STRONTIUM SWEETS" WERE LABORATORY TESTED IN LONDON YESTERDAY (MONDAY) TO DISCOVER THEIR EFFICIENCY AS ANTIDOTES TO RADIOACTIVE FALLOUT, WHICH AFFECTS THE THYROID GLAND. THE RESULT - A GREAT SUCCESS. THE SWEETS CONTAINED POWDERED STRONTIUM-87 AND IODINE. DR. MICHAEL ASH, WHO MADE THE SWEETS, EXPLAINED HOW THE TESTS WOULD BE CONDUCTED.

    ALL THREE PEOPLE WERE THEN GIVEN THE SWEETS. DR. ASH DEMONSTRATED THE EFFECT OF THE RADIO IODINE ON THE GEIGER-COUNTER, AND CONTINUED
    THE SUBJECT DULY DRANK THE RADIO-ACTIVE DRINK. DR. ASH SAID
    DR. ASH GAVE A DRINK TO THE SECOND SUBJECT, SAYING
    DR. ASH ADDED: "NOW THAT COUNT IS SHOWING THE EFFECT OF THE RADIO IODINE ON THE SUBJECT. NOW MR. BROOKE, WILL YOU COME ALONG AND TAKE THE RADIO IODINE.

    "IF YOU WOULD SIT DOWN HERE. THANK YOU. NOW I'M GOING TO PUT THE GEIGER-COUNTER AGAINST HIS NECK AND MEASURE THE COUNT FROM HIS NECK". THE GEIGER-COUNTER REACTED SLIGHTLY.

    SAID THE 44-YEAR-OLD DOCTOR, INDICATING THAT THE TESTS WERE OVER.

    HE SUMMED UP:
    DR. ASH HAD EARLIER TIRED OUT THE "STRONTIUM SWEETS" ON HIS EIGHT CHILDREN - WITH SIMILAR RESULTS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABPMLUPUXX71TA3MPAF5Y7UO9Q
    Media URN:
    VLVABPMLUPUXX71TA3MPAF5Y7UO9Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/10/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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