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November 13, 1948

RADIATION HYGIENE: Hazards to Physicians, Patients, Nurses and Others from Use of Radioactive Isotopes

Author Affiliations

Chairman; Alternate Subcommittee

JAMA. 1948;138(11):818-819. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.62900110006009

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The atomic age confronts the medical profession with seemingly unlimited opportunities, but equally with the gravest responsibilities. To match the eagerness with which he plunges into investigation of the tremendous possibilities of advance in medical knowledge, the physician investigator must possess the keenest awareness of the hazards to himself, his patients and working associates involved in the study and manipulation of radioactive isotopes and other products of atomic fission. Fundamental is the fact that there is no antidote to radiation injury. Prevention and unrelenting watchfulness are the requirements for what may be called radiation hygiene. Even physicians who are not engaged in this research must have knowledge of the technics involved, for they may have patients who have been exposed to radiations.

The successful technics developed in the Manhattan District and continuously improved and elaborated by the agencies of the Atomic Energy Commission are, of course, available and must be

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