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Deadly deceit : low-level radiation, high-level cover-up
Gould, Jay M.
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First edition.
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New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, [1990]

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xii, 222 pages ; 24 cm
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Now in paperback--the grisly truth behind the widespread effects of nuclear radiation. Publishers Weekly writes that it is "Impressively documented. . .powerful. the book should serve as a springboard for national debate".

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Booklist Review

While officials would have us believe that low-level radiation is harmless in small doses, scientists have proved that low doses are, in fact, deadly. Gould, an expert witness in environmental litigation, and Goldman, author of Hazardous Waste Management: Reducing the Risk--both conscientious researchers, straight thinkers, and plain writers--expose the truth about low-level radiation emitted by nuclear arms testing and reactor accidents (with focus on the hushed-up accident in 1970 at the Savannah River nuclear weapons facility, Three Mile Island, and Chernobyl). Based on vigilant compilation and study of statistics on deaths, infant mortality, radiation levels in milk and other foods, and reproductive cycles of birds, the authors present evidence of widespread contamination. They also cite the obvious increase in immune-deficiency illnesses--including AIDS, herpes, and Lyme disease--since the dawn of the atomic era (and state that low-level radiation does affect the immune system). While there may be other reasons for these increases, there is clearly an urgent need for more research and for unrestricted access to all relevant information. Making this book available to the public is a step in that direction. Notes; to be indexed. --Donna Seaman

Publisher's Weekly Review

The dangerous release of ``low-level radiation''--from nuclear power and weapons plant mishaps, from fallout, from so-called routine emissions, and from disastrous meltdowns--causes more death and health damage than previously suspected. That's the thesis of this impressively documented, powerful report. Gould, a statistician, and Goldman ( Hazardous Waste Management ) base their findings on data from Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, South Carolina's 1970 Savannah River plant meltdown and from the 1975 Millstone, Conn., mega-emission, which apparently set off a cancer epidemic, and which, in the authors' view, may be directly linked to the outbreak of Lyme disease. They provide suggestive evidence tying radiation to the proliferation of immune-deficiency diseases, including AIDS, herpes and Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus. The book should serve as springboard for a national debate. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

Gould and Goldman claim that low levels of radiation (emitted from nuclear accidents and released from nuclear plants) are responsible for significant increases in infant mortality, as well as AIDS and Lyme disease in the US. Their argument is primarily based on actuarial data and is weakened to some extent by the apparent flaw of selecting data to fit their thesis. Unfortunately, the authors' handling of the data does not inspire confidence in the conclusions they propose. They compare peaks of mortality from plots of data for short periods of time to data plots averaged over large areas or long times. Ignored are decreases in mortality of equal prominence. When, by their own admission, apparent correlations vanish if standard reference to US mortality statistics are used, the authors propose that an extensive intrigue exists to alter vital statistics and hide the excess deaths they claim are really there. It should be noted that they present no convincing evidence that such a conspiracy exists. The book is readable, consisting of 11 formal chapters and 39 pages of notes and source citations. -H. M. Frankel, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus