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March NaN, 2000

RadiationThe Angry Genie: One Man's Walk Through the Nuclear Age

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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JAMA. 2000;283(12):1621-1622. doi:10.1001/jama.283.12.1621

It was heady wine during those early days of the super-secret project that would change the world forever, but when he boarded the train on April 30, 1943, and headed for Chicago from the ivy clad halls of Lenoir Rhyne, Karl Morgan, PhD, could not have imagined he would find himself in the company of Alvarez, Bohr, Compton, Einstein, Fermi, Franck, Rabi, Urey, and Wigner—all Nobel laureates. In Arthur Holly Compton's Mettalurgical Laboratory (a deceptive name to hide its true intent) Morgan joined four other cosmic ray physicists under a newly conceived health physics section with a charge to develop instruments that could measure worker radiation exposure, find techniques to dispose of radioactive waste, and set levels of maximum permissible body burden to "prevent radiation injuries." Nine months later he would become director of health physics at the hastily constructed Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a post he held for 29 years.

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