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October 1958

The Atomic Age and Our Biological Future.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;102(4):678-679. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260210164019

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In our bewildered age all of us must find supports to cling to—physical, moral, ethical, and spiritual. Above all, we need to face the present and plan for the future, in the light of what we have learned from the past and what we know of the things today, particularly with reference to the biological limitations of living matter, the impersonal ruthlessness of atomic forces, and the not yet very steady efforts of man to develop wisdom to control the knowledge he has gained by applying on a world-wide scale the frail humane forces which have made tolerable life in families, communities, and small societies. Brøndsted has published a fascinating book which I have read as a layman, and I think it can be read in this fashion by any physician or any scientist. There is a brief, simple, but very lucid exposition of the principles of radiation. It is

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