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September 10, 1982

Radiation and Human Health-Reply

Author Affiliations

Salt Lake City

JAMA. 1982;248(10):1180. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330100019016

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In Reply.—  Dr Orient is correct in stating that Dr Gofman has assisted some antinuclear groups and that his tentative conclusions regarding the risk from ionizing radiation to man postulate that risk as somewhat greater than do those proposed by some expert committees. Perhaps I was remiss in not emphasizing this so that persons with strong preformed opinions could avoid the book. It is my opinion that the uncertainties surrounding the risks of low-level radiation are sufficiently great as to encompass both those cited by Orient and by Gofman.Gofman was careful to point out where he had to make assumptions and when his results disagreed with those of other authorities. He was careful to point out why his results differed from those given by others, leaving the reader in a good position to judge for himself. Gofman's assumptions were carefully spelled out, so that any reader could substitute his