AUTHORWalker, J. Samuel
TITLEPermissible Dose: A History of Radiation Protection in the Twentieth Century
PUBLISHERUniversity of California Press
CITYBerkeley, CA

This book offers a succinct yet informative assessment of the controversial and ever-present issues surrounding radiation protection, and discusses the U. S. government’s developments in setting standards for such protection. Walker elaborates upon the efforts to ensure radiation safety for nuclear workers and the general public that date back to the 1890s, when the x-ray and natural radioactivity were discovered. Since then, as he illustrates, scientific and political debates over acceptable levels of radiation exposure have been highly charged, and many federal agencies such as the Atomic Energy Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency have become involved. A useful essay on sources of information used by the author is also included.

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