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Article
November 13, 1981

Radiation Exposure and Cancer-Reply

Author Affiliations

Brookhaven National Laboratory Upton. NY

JAMA. 1981;246(19):2154-2155. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320190013008
Abstract

In Reply.—  Drs Lyon and Gardner beg the question, since they begin by accepting as valid the very point that our editorial challenged. We did not gloss over the issues, nor did we impugn the motives of the authors of these studies. Furthermore, if we have interpreted their remarks correctly, they place at least equal weight on studies of small populations as on those of large. However, there is one point they raise that requires specific comment.The consistencies between the studies cited by Lyon and Gardner are questionable. In neither the findings on the Marshallese nor the Caldwell study on military personnel present at "Smoky" at 1957 were all of the doses of radiation necessarily low. In the Marshallese, a single case of leukemia developed in the group exposed to an estimated 175 rad of external radiation, hardly ascribable to a low dose of fallout. One does not know

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