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

Radiation: What It Is, What You Need to Know

by Robert Peter Gale

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Some good facts mixed with some strong opinions. It's one thing to deliver facts about radiation and how it affects us but another to say things like "it's silly to worry about ..." (not exact words, but that's the gist). So, yes, loved it for the info about radiation, hated it for the opinions that could be true or untrue, and might change in a while, or might be proven wrong. Would have been a better book without the opinions - many times the author qualified his opinions ("if you're concerned about XYZ, or if you live in SomeTown, then this fact should scare you... ") and those were great... but the pure opinions of how people should feel, react etc... were annoying. ( )
  marshapetry | May 23, 2014 |
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The essential guide to radiation: the good, the bad, and the utterly fascinating, explained with unprecedented clarity.

Earth, born in a nuclear explosion, is a radioactive planet; without radiation, life would not exist. And while radiation can be dangerous, it is also deeply misunderstood and often mistakenly feared. Now Robert Peter Gale, M.D,—the doctor to whom concerned governments turned in the wake of the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters—in collaboration with medical writer Eric Lax draws on an exceptional depth of knowledge to correct myths and establish facts.

Exploring what have become trigger words for anxiety—nuclear energy and nuclear weapons, uranium, plutonium, iodine-131, mammogram, X-ray, CT scan, threats to the food chain—the authors demystify the science and dangers of radiation, and examine its myriad benefits, from safely sterilizing our food to the relatively low-risk fuel alternative of nuclear energy. This is the book for all readers who have asked themselves questions such as: What kinds of radiation, and what degree of exposure, cause cancer? What aftereffects have nuclear accidents and bombs had? Does radiation increase the likelihood of birth defects? And how does radiation work?

Hugely illuminating, Radiation is the definitive road map to our post-Chernobyl, post-Fukushima world.

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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"--… (more)

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