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October 20, 1962

Living with the Atom

JAMA. 1962;182(3):316. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050420092033

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The author is professor of international relations at the University of Edinburgh. He was moderator of one of the conferences between scientists and science writers at the University of Chicago in 1960.

In the introduction of the book, tribute is paid to Fermi, and individually to the many scientists who preceded him. On those names the author hangs a very concentrated summary of the beginnings of the atomic age. The first chapter concerns public fears and misunderstandings, particularly of the meaning of maximum permissible dose and of quantitative statements in rads and curies; also, the bold assertions by scientists and politicians who are presuming to make judgments in each others' fields. More of this emerges in the next chapter on responsible reporting. Reactors for power and the problems associated with fallout and waste disposal get a chapter each. The resulting injuries to health are then elaborated upon. The chapter on

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