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Permissible Dose: A History of Radiation Protection in the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

Permissible Dose: A History of Radiation Protection in the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

by J. Samuel WalkerJ. Samuel Walker


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How much radiation is too much? J. Samuel Walker examines the evolution, over more than a hundred years, of radiation protection standards and efforts to ensure radiation safety for nuclear workers and for the general public. The risks of radiation—caused by fallout from nuclear bomb testing, exposure from medical or manufacturing procedures, effluents from nuclear power, or radioactivity from other sources—have aroused more sustained controversy and public fear than any other comparable industrial or environmental hazard. Walker clarifies the entire radiation debate, showing that permissible dose levels are a key to the principles and practices that have prevailed in the field of radiation protection since the 1930s, and to their highly charged political and scientific history as well.

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Testimonial #1: 
" A crisp and compelling assessment of the issues surrounding radiation protection ... Walker has a remarkable ability to
make complicated issues clear and easy to understand."  --Allan M. Winkler, author of The Atom and American Life

Testimonial #2:
"The concise and readable guide to the historical development of radiation protection standards by the federal government is exceptionally even-handed in discussing often controversial issues." --Barton C. Hacker, author if
Elements of Controversy

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ISBN-13: 9780520223288
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/01/2000
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 1590L (what's this?)

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