Radiobiology's War of Words


The Biological Effects of Low-Level
Exposure to Ionizing Radiation.
Robin Russell Jones and
Richard Southwood, eds.
John Wiley&Sons, New York,
1987. 292 pp. $41.95.


The debate over the harmfulness of penetrating radiation is of interest not only to the scientific community but also to the general public. It has affected the development of civilian nuclear energy in many countries; in the United States it has contributed to the moratorium on new nuclear power plants, the consequences of which may have profound effects in the future.

In the preface to the published proceedings of the November 1986 Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation conference-held in London and sponsored by the Friends of the Earth, U.K. and Greenpeace International-the editors note their intention "to organize a balanced program which reflected equally the differing scientific viewpoints." Although sharply divergent views are covered, the...

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