September 1957

Responsibilities of the Medical Profession in the Use of X-Rays and Other Ionizing Radiation (Statement by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation)

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(3):356-358. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260090012003

I. Introduction.  —(1) The United Nations General Assembly, being aware of the problems in public health that are created by the developments of atomic energy, established a Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation. This Committee has considered that one of its most urgent tasks was to collect as much information as possible on the amount of radiation to which man is exposed today, and on the effects of this radiation. Since it has become evident that radiation due to diagnostic radiology and to radiotherapy constitutes a substantial proportion of the total radiation received by the human race, the Committee considers it desirable to draw attention to information that has been obtained on this subject.(2) Modern medicine has contributed to the control of many diseases and has substantially prolonged the span of human life. These results have depended in part on the use of radiation in the detection,

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