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Title:
Health effects of exposure to low levels of ionizing radiation : BEIR V
Author:
Upton, Arthur C., 1923-
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, 1990.
Physical Description:
xii, 421 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Series:
General Note:
Committee chairman: Arthur C. Upton.

Study was supported by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, acting for the Office of Science and Technology Policy's Committee on Interagency Radiation Research and Policy Coordination (CIRRPC).
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780309039970

9780309039956
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Book

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Summary

This book reevaluates the health risks of ionizing radiation in light of data that have become available since the 1980 report on this subject was published. The data include new, much more reliable dose estimates for the A-bomb survivors, the results of an additional 14 years of follow-up of the survivors for cancer mortality, recent results of follow-up studies of persons irradiated for medical purposes, and results of relevant experiments with laboratory animals and cultured cells. It analyzes the data in terms of risk estimates for specific organs in relation to dose and time after exposure, and compares radiation effects between Japanese and Western populations.


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This report assesses health risk on the basis of updated information since the 1980 BEIR III report on the biological effects of exposure to low levels of ionizing radiation. The update was needed because of the 1986 reassessment of Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bomb dosimetry as well as additional survivor mortality data. As part of the report, models and data are presented for estimating the probability of radiation-induced cancer and other biological effects. All contributors are active scientists in their field. Their reports are presented in an eight-page executive summary plus seven chapters giving information on the underlying scientific principles involved; genetic effects of radiation; mechanisms of radiation-induced cancer and other somatic and fetal effects; risk assessments for cancer in general and for cancer at specific sites in the body; and epidemiological studies of low-dose radiation situations. Chapters are annotated with appropriate reference citations; glossary; detailed index. This technical document would be of interest to diverse audiences concerned with evaluating the potential risks presented by the environment. Academic and public library collections. -H. M. Frankel, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick


Choice Review

This report assesses health risk on the basis of updated information since the 1980 BEIR III report on the biological effects of exposure to low levels of ionizing radiation. The update was needed because of the 1986 reassessment of Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bomb dosimetry as well as additional survivor mortality data. As part of the report, models and data are presented for estimating the probability of radiation-induced cancer and other biological effects. All contributors are active scientists in their field. Their reports are presented in an eight-page executive summary plus seven chapters giving information on the underlying scientific principles involved; genetic effects of radiation; mechanisms of radiation-induced cancer and other somatic and fetal effects; risk assessments for cancer in general and for cancer at specific sites in the body; and epidemiological studies of low-dose radiation situations. Chapters are annotated with appropriate reference citations; glossary; detailed index. This technical document would be of interest to diverse audiences concerned with evaluating the potential risks presented by the environment. Academic and public library collections. -H. M. Frankel, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick