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July 1970

Reporting Radiation Incidents

Author Affiliations

Winchester, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1970;84(1):1. doi:10.1001/archopht.1970.00990040003001

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EVERY rose has its thorns. All too often, the rose of scientific discovery or technological advance which promises to improve man's lot bears also the thorns of hazard to his well-being. He then has to learn the proper precautions to take, as in using dynamite or natural gas or x-rays, or decide that the rose is not worth the thorns, as appears to be the case with respect to chlorophenothane (DDT).

The radio-frequency region of the electromagnetic spectrum has bestowed upon us many gifts, such as radar, instant communication, and close-up viewing of scenes as far distant as the moon's surface. It has also given us microwave heating, by which foods may be cooked quickly and without drying, or by which soothing warmth may be applied to deep tissues. Microwave weather probes, microwave induced sleep, microwave power transmission, microwave paint drying, microwave insect contrl—the scope of present and future applications

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