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Billings Lecture
December 21, 1964

Irradiation Leukemogenesis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, University of California School of Medicine at Los Angeles.

JAMA. 1964;190(12):1049-1054. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070250031008
Abstract

Although there is no longer any question about the ability of irradiation to produce leukemia, there remains considerable confusion as to how much danger exists from exposure to irradiation in the normal course of our lives. The general public has much fear of irradiation for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes; some physicians share this fear, while others tend to disregard it. Many persons are concerned about the dangers incurred from irradiation due to fallout associated with detonation of atomic bombs, others have no fear of this type of irradiation exposure, and some are in a state of confusion about it. Still again, the question of a threshold for irradiation is debatable and subject to various interpretations. I hope to clarify a few of these problems.

Review of Incriminating Evidence  While irradiation has been strongly suspected as one possible cause for leukemia, since the report by Von Jagie et al1

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