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Radiation and Society

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Radiation--Health aspects


We live in a world in which the perception of reality is too often confused with reality and there are few fields in which more confusion exists than in the popular perception of the hazards of exposure to low-level radiation and low-level radioactive wastes. Much of the fear of radiation has been generated by the association of radiation and radioactivity with nuclear explosions and nuclear war. So phobic is the fear that, in the United States at least, the old dream of "Atoms for Peace," including the use of nuclear reactors for power production and even the use of radioactive materials in biomedical investigation and clinical medicine, is threatened. This review will discuss a selection of relevant papers that describes some of what we know about the health effects and, in particular, the possible carcinogenic effects associated with low doses of ionizing radiation delivered at low dose rates.

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