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
Permissible Dose: A History of Radiation Protection in the Twentieth Century / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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- University of California Press
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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 radiationcaused by fallout from nuclear bomb testing, exposure from medical or manufacturing procedures, effluents from nuclear power, or radioactivity from other sourceshave 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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