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September 13, 1947


JAMA. 1947;135(2):101. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890020031012

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)Sept. 13, 1947.

Offer Use of Radioactive Isotopes to All Nations  Limited amounts of twenty radioactive tracer elements, out of the 90 odd isotopes produced in American atomic plants, have been offered by the United States to all nations to assist in the war on disease, President Truman announced in a telegram to the Fourth International Cancer Research Congress at St. Louis. Mr. Truman explained that the tracer elements had been made available for limited distribution to research workers in other countries. He termed the project an expression of "greater international cooperation in the field of medical and biologic research." The Atomic Energy Commission simultaneously announced that no atom bomb secrets would be endangered, stating that none of the tracers offered for sale are applicable to the development of atomic energy for industrial or military purposes. A condition of the offer is that all

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