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Permissible Dose: A History of Radiation Protection in the Twentieth Century

Samuel Walker

Abstract

How much radiation is too much? This book examines the evolution, over more than a hundred years, of radiation protection standards and efforts to ensure radiation safety for nuclear workers and for the general public. The risks of radiation—caused by fallout from nuclear bomb testing, exposure from medical or manufacturing procedures, effluents from nuclear power, or radioactivity from other sources—have aroused more sustained controversy and public fear than any other comparable industrial or environmental hazard. The book clarifies the entire radiation debate, showing that permissible dose ... More

Keywords: radiation, radiation protection, radiation safety, nuclear fallout, radiation exposure, nuclear power, radioactivity, permissible dose, industrial hazard, environmental hazard

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520223288
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223288.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel Walker, author