Before it’s Too Late: A Scientist’s Case for Nuclear Energy by Bernard L. Cohen (auth.)

By Bernard L. Cohen (auth.)

I was once now not invited to put in writing a foreword for this ebook. Dr. Cohen, realizing my busy time table, could have thought of any such request to be an imposition. I volunteered to take action partially to recognize my gratitude to him for having been a continuing resource of reference fabrics as i've got became my recognition more and more to informing either lay and clinical audiences in regards to the biologic results of low-level ionizing radiation. My fundamental cause of vol­ unteering, even if, is to indicate to the significance of one of these ebook for public schooling at a time while the media, in collaboration with numerous activist teams, have built one of the humans a nearly phobic worry of radiation at any point. I take factor with the phrases of one other Nobel laureate, George Wald, who states usually "Every dose is an overdose. '" This philosophy has re­ sulted in girls refusing mammography for the detection of breast melanoma even if this system is the main delicate for detection of such cancers within the early, curable degree, or even notwithstanding, at the moment, breast melanoma is the best reason for melanoma deaths between girls. It has led a Westchester County, big apple legislator to kingdom proudly within the long island occasions that he v vi I FOREWORD had brought laws that may bar all radioactivity from the county's roads.

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After Najarian's claims of large cancer excesses were published in the Boston Globe, he testified on them before Congressional committees, Congressmen and other politicians called for investigations, government agencies considered how the * "Expected" normally means the number found in statistical data for people similar in age, sex, race, socioeconomic status, geographical habitat, etc. In many cases data for all Americans (or from the same state) of the same sex and age distribution are used.

39 It was initially reported that children whose mothers received pelvic X-rays during pregnancy had tenfold elevated risks for this disease. 43 However, many factors other than X-rays have been found to be similarly correlated with childhood cancer, including39 use by the mother of aspirin and of cold tablets, and the child's blood type, viral infections, allergies, and appetite for fish and chips (this was a British study). It was shown 44 that the original correlations would have predicted 18 excess childhood cancers among those exposed in utero to the A-bomb attacks on Japan, whereas none occurred.

From Ref. 52. shape of the curve is different for various types of radiation, so we will confine most of our discussion here to the curve for gamma rays, beta rays, and Xrays, the most important type for most purposes. The evidence supporting the majority position is as follows: 49 •5o 1. There is a widely accepted theory of how radiation induces cancer] and a reasonable degree of experimental verification for many of its aspects. This theory predicts a line curving upward like line A in Fig. 1.

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