Alice Ball

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The Highs and Lows of Alice Ball

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  • She was born in Seattle, Washington in 1892. She lived with her mom, aunt, dad, grandpa, and grandma
  • Alice Ball was a brilliant woman in college. She graduated with 2 degrees in pharmaceutical chemistry. 
  • But with all the successes she had in her life she had an obstacle her grandmother passed away in 1905. She was a little distracted but she still continued with her work
  • She was assigned a major assignment involving the effect of chaulmooga oil on patients with Hansen. But the time of her research Ball became extremely ill.
  • She worked under extra pressure to produce injectable chaulmooga oil and according some observes she became exhausted in the process 
  • She later died at the age of 24. The cause of death was injuries from inhaling chlorine gas during a class demonstration in Honolulu. After her death, The "Ball" method was still being used to treat hansen disease patients in remote areas.
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