May 1959

Our Nuclear Adventure, Its Possibilities and Perils.

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By D. G. Arnott. Price, $6. Pp. 176, with no illustrations. Philosophical Library, Inc., 15 E. 40th St., New York 16, 1958.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(5):845. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270050167033

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Pollution of the earth, the air, and the sea is invented by scientists, managed by politicians, overlooked by the press, and imbued with immediate risk to the common man and will spell the fate of countless victims in future generations. Such is the view of this book, by a British nuclear technician, who writes "on the optimistic assumption that we are not going to be killed in a nuclear war."

Current planning estimates for a nuclear war "run in the order of several hundred million deaths," an American Senate committee was told in 1956. And the use of fission-fusion-fission bombs "on any appreciable scale in war," says Arnott, "would speedily render the whole planet untenable for all men."

But nuclear activity short of war, which is the real theme of this book, presents "a hazard some ten million times greater that that of any poison previously experienced by men." This

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