1) Phossy Girls

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In 1800s,British girls as young as 4 were sent to work in match factories from 6:00 morning to 10:00 at night.They toiled away matchsticks into phosphorus and were fined a half days wage for talking or dropping matches.Inhaling the chemical fumes often led to the development of “phossy jaw” or phosphorus necrosis of jaw bone. Affected bones would swell, abscess, and glow greenish white in the dark before leading to brain damage and organ failure. Only the removal of the jaw and permanent disfigurement could save the lives of young girls suffering of the disease..

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