Medicine And Books

Health Effects of Exposure to Low Level Ionising Radiation

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 25 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:313
  1. Cameron Bowie
  1. Public Health Research and Consultancy, The Old Farmhouse, Clayhanger, Chard TA20 3BD

    Ed William R Hendee, F Marc Edwards /IOP Publishing, £125, pp 640 /ISBN 0 750 30349 2

    When it comes to radiobiology we–physicians and health physicists–seem to keep getting the theory wrong about the health effects of ionising radiation by using animal models to predict human response. The history chapter in this book reminds us to beware. Despite this, several chapters are about radiation theory based on animal experiments. They can be safely ignored. Two chapters are more interesting.

    In a masterly chapter John Boice, chief of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch, …

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