By Herbert L. König, Albert P. Krueger, Siegnot Lang, Walter Sönning (auth.)
ARCHIVE replica don't get rid of the general public in industrialized international locations exhibits a mounting main issue approximately organic results of electric and magnetic fields. accordingly, experimental reviews in this topic are being released in expanding numbers during the international. Prof. H. L. Konig, of the Technical collage of Munich, West Germany, a number one professional and pioneer during this box, has written an authoritative textual content in a lucid variety which makes the fabric additionally obtainable to put readers. The booklet describes the results of typical in addition to man made electromagnetic energies masking the en tire measurable frequency variety from the top frequencies, x-rays, via microwaves, radio waves, and at last tremendous low frequency (ELF) waves. Cit ing the facts from medical stories in numerous nations, Konig additionally appraises the biologic results of microwaves and excessive pressure strength traces, that have turn into debatable concerns lately. different contributions to the booklet were made by means of Prof. Albert P. Krueger, collage of California, Berkeley, on air ionization results and by way of the mete orologist Walter Sonning on biometeorology, documenting the impression of atmo spheric electric currents on overall healthiness and illness. furthermore, the overdue Dr. Siegnot Lang, a former coworker of Dr. Konig, has contributed to this book.
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