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October 1959

Ionizing Radiations in Industry: Their Uses and Potential Dangers

Author Affiliations

Santa Rosa, Calif.

From the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, San Francisco, Calif.

AMA Arch Derm. 1959;80(4):427-432. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560220037007

Few of us realize the great extent to which ionizing radiations are being used in industry in this country today. For example, an x-ray beam assures you of getting a full can of beer. If your cigarette is "easy on the draw," it is because its density is radioactively determined and controlled. Radioisotopes alone are saving U. S. industry millions of dollars annually through improving processes. Also, three atomic reactor plants in different parts of the United States are already furnishing heat and electricity for homes and industry. More than 300 industrial reactor plants are planned for the immediate future.

We are in the midst of a new industrial revolution, an atomic revolution. Even though the first sustained nuclear reaction was achieved barely 16 years ago, atomic industry is sweeping the country. The great increase in its use and the increasing number of persons exposed

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