Genetic and Somatic Effects of High-Energy Radiation

Pauling, Linus
September 1970
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Sep1970, Vol. 26 Issue 7, p3
The article focuses on the arguments regarding the allowable dosage of high-energy radiation from different atomic-energy activities in the U.S. It has been stated that the Federal Radiation Council has set, in its present standard, 170 millirad per year of allowable dosage of whole body ionizing radiation. Consequently, investigators Arthur R. Tamplin and John W. Gofman suggested that the Radiation Protection Guidelines on exposure be reduced to 10-fold. They mentioned that the present standard would bring detrimental effects on the population such as physical or mental defects of infants, the incidence of leukemia, bone cancer and death.


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