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To the Editor:—
A few errors crept into your otherwise excellent report (195: adv p 41) of some of the findings in the Public Health Service's x-ray exposure study of the US population. One of these may well create a very serious misunderstanding of this study and of the PHS program in radiological health.Your report states that "Within the next year, PHS plans to announce recommended doses to specific body areas...." This is definitely not the case. The next phase of our investigations will translate the x-ray visits and procedures data of the present study into estimates of actual current exposures received by the US population. Obviously, it is not feasible for the PHS or anyone else to recommend overall doses to specific body areas in the population from the clinical use of x-ray films. The amount of x-ray exposure an individual patient receives is a function of necessary
Chadwick DR. PHS Program in Radiological Health. JAMA. 1966;196(8):741-742. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100210111041