AUTHORCaufield, Catherine
TITLEMultiple Exposures: Chronicles of the Radiation Age
PUBLISHERHarper & Row Publishers
CITYNew York, NY

In this book Caufield chronicles mistakes and accidents that have resulted from radiation experiments from the discovery of the X-ray to the disaster at Chernobyl. The mishaps are placed in historical context that includes public and governmental reactions. She discusses studies of radiation by organizations such as the National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP), the Atomic Energy Committee (AEC), the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), and the United Nations’ Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) that provided information on the health effects of radiation. Caulfield questions the wisdom of leaving decisions about radiation in the hands of technical experts and scientists when those decisions can affect public safety. Relevant photographs are included, as well as a useful glossary.

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