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Response to radiation incidents and radionuclear threats

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1075

Authors' reply

  1. István Turai, medical officer (,
  2. Katalin Veress, senior lecturer,
  3. Bengül Günalp, associate professor,
  4. Gennadi Souchkevitch, deputy director
  1. Department of Protection of the Human Environment, World Health Organization, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
  2. Department of Public Health, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary
  3. Department of Nuclear Medicine, Gülhane Medical Academy, Ankara, Turkey
  4. Institute of Pathology and Pathophysiology, Moscow, Russia

    EDITOR—Benger's remarks give us an opportunity to re-emphasise one of the key messages of our article: saving the lives of patients with life threatening conditions should always have a priority, as providing emergency medical care for a patient contaminated with radioactive materials cannot pose a serious direct health risk to medical staff.

    When workers at Chernobyl, who were in the …

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