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June 20, 1953

Biological Hazards of Atomic Energy.

JAMA. 1953;152(8):772. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690080116034

This book consists of 24 articles by different authors on various aspects of the injuries resulting from the impact of gamma rays and other ionizing radiations on living organisms. The early chapters deal with biochemical, genetic, and carcinogenic effects; others discuss the difficult problem of tolerance levels and the corresponding problem of protecting persons who work with atomic energy; and two concluding chapters deal with problems of ethics and citizenship.

The chapters vary in the amount of technical detail, but, in general, they avoid entanglement in minutiae, present a problem in interesting fashion, and give references to original publications. Protective measures taken in connection with the atomic reactor at Harwell, England, and at the Institute of Radiophysics in Sweden are especially interesting. Of practical concern to many physicians is the chapter on the control of hazards and irradiation in the clinical use of radioiodine. The book has author and subject

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