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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Historical chemical safety quote?
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 17:13:27 -0400
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When I was an undergrad at Cornell, the succinct version of this was "must sacrifice the body for Chemistry" said in a deadpan zombie-like demeanor.   It likely arrived there via the Bercaw group at Caltech, and probably farther back than that:   I faithfully passed that mantra down the line to my students.

It's a definitely a useful statement whenever you spill some deathamous trioxide or dry ice/acetone mixture on your hands.

Incidentally, chemists tend to live longer than other professions.  Of course, they also are more likely to get cancer than those others, but that's simply because the longer you live, the more likely you are to get cancer, not because of their occupational exposure.

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On Aug 6, 2014, at 4:56 PM, Ralph B. Stuart <ralph.stuart**At_Symbol_Here**CORNELL.EDU> wrote:

I remember that a notable of chemical history being told by his mentor something along the line of "he who would understand chemistry must be willing to sacrifice his health to it". Anybody know more specifically what I'm talking about? Google doesn't...

Thanks for any help with this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Cornell University

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