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May 13, 1961

Who Watches the Watch Dogs?

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Oak Ridge, Tenn.

JAMA. 1961;176(6):549. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040190071021

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To the Editor:—  At the end of World War II the United States despaired that the Atomic Age was introduced to the public with a weapon of destruction. We vowed to do better with a civilian atomic energy program. But almost every newspaper, after 15 years, is still announcing the atomic cocktail as "new" medicine.By 1953 it was widely known to physicians outside the United States that if they wanted to use radioisotopes in diagnosis or therapy they wrote to England, Holland, or Canada. If they wanted to fill out forms, they wrote to the USAEC.By 1954 the 83rd U.S. Congress passed Public Law 703 and "... declared it to be the policy of the United States... to make the maximum contribution to the general welfare...." The Congress directed the USAEC to "permit the widest amount of effective medical therapy... and... impose the minimum amount

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