Radiation: What It Is, What You Need to Know

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Random House LLC, Jan 29, 2013 - Science - 270 pages
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"A clarifying, fascinating, urgently needed book on radiation--what it is, what should and shouldn't concern us about it, and what place radiation and radiation-related technologies have in our world. The universe and our galaxy and planet Earth were born in a nuclear explosion. We live on a radioactive planet, and without radiation there would be no life here. While radiation can be dangerous, it is also deeply misunderstood and often mistakenly feared. Now, Dr. Robert Peter Gale--one of the world's leading experts on radiation--and Eric Lax set the record straight, correcting myths and establishing facts with an exceptional depth of knowledge and the ability to impart that knowledge in an impartial, lucid and compelling manner. Demystifying society's trigger words for anxiety--Uranium, Plutonium, Iodine-131, X-ray, CT scan, radiation of food--the authors explore the science, benefits, and risks of radiation exposure, drawing on the most up-to-date research and on Gale's extensive experience treating victims of radiation accidents around the globe. Here is an illuminating and essential guide to our post-Chernobyl, post-Fukushima world"--
  

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Review: Radiation: What It Is, What You Need to Know

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

I read this hoping to get a leg up on future radiobiology coursework. The writing is disorganized and goes into frequent, though thankfully brief, tangents. There are also a lot of badly-phrased ... Read full review

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User Review  - James Prentice - Goodreads

I appreciate the effort and the writing isn't bad, but the assumptions made by the author and the lack of understanding how to address their audience are stunning. I'm a registered professional ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
ASSESSING THE RISKS
23
RADIATION FROM DISCOVERY TO TODAY
39
THE NATURE OF RADIATION
65
RADIATION AND CANCER
105
GENETIC DISEASES BIRTH DEFECTS AND IRRADIATED FOOD
127
RADIATION AND MEDICINE
143
BOMBS
163
91SUMMING UP
207
Questions and Answers
215
Acknowledgments
235
Notes
241
Selected Bibliography
253
Copyright

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Robert Peter Gale, a scientist and physician, is presently Visiting Professor of Haematology at Imperial College London. His career has focused on the biology and therapy of bone marrow and blood cancers, especially leukemias. He is the author of twenty-two medical books, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. For the last thirty years, he has led or been involved in the global medical response to nuclear and radiation accidents, including those in Fukushima and Chernobyl. He lives in Los Angeles.

Eric Lax's books include Life and Death on Ten West, an account of the UCLA bone marrow transplantation unit, and Woody Allen: A Biography, each a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat, about the development of penicillin, was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles.

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