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Permissible DoseA History of Radiation Protection in the Twentieth Century$
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Samuel Walker

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223288

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223288.001.0001

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The Ambiguities of Radiation Effects

The Ambiguities of Radiation Effects

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(p.129) Chapter Five The Ambiguities of Radiation Effects
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Permissible Dose
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J. Samuel Walker

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223288.003.0005

In estimating the dangers of radiation to large population groups, the survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be the most important basis. It supplied the best available epidemiological data on the effects of radiation on humans. Epidemiological studies of persons exposed to radiation in their jobs or in medical treatments were even more inconclusive. For further explanation about the radiation effects, there is a series of investigations in areas near Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and other nuclear plants, and a variety of other epidemiological analyses of radiation hazards did not produce clear results. The Three Mile Island accident created enormous public fear that it would cause a heavy toll in cancer deaths in the areas around the plant.

Keywords:   Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, nuclear, plant, public fear, radiation, health

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