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From Hiroshima to Fukushima to You

A Primer on Radiation and Health

The bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, brought radiation to international attention but the exact nature of what had been unleashed was still unclear to most. The 1986 meltdown at the Chernobyl nuclear plant again made headlines with estimates of fatalities ranging from 4000 to almost a million deaths. By the time of the shocking 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant social media meant governments and corporations no longer had a monopoly over the release of information, but transparency remains low on the agenda.

Meanwhile, few physicians give thought to the delayed health effects of radiation. It has been the bold physician who has challenged the potential overuse of chest X-rays, CT scanning, or PET scans. This book provides clear and accurate information about radiation so that we can all make informed choices. In clear language it offers answers to citizens’ questions: What is radiation? Where do we encounter it? What are the benefits and risks? How do we develop a responsible future around the uses and abuses of radioactivity?

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Dale Dewar

Dr. Dale Dewar is associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, an active member of the International Committee of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, a two-term member of the Canadian Friends Service Committee, and former Executive Director of Physicians for Global Survival.

Florian Oelck

Florian Oelck has a master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Ottawa

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Preface ; 4 $0.40

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Introduction ; 5 $0.50

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This chapter includes the following sections: Mysterious Sickness – Discovery – Early Effects on Health – Radiation Protection Measures – Effect of Hiroshima and Nagasaki … ; 17 $1.70

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This chapter includes the following sections: Atoms – Radioactive Decay – Types of Radiation – Half-Life – Background Radiation – Units of Measurement ; 16 $1.60

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This chapter includes the following sections: Internal versus External Radiation – The Radiation Weighting Factor – How Radiation Damages Cells – The Impact of Radiation on Our … ; 16 $1.60

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This chapter includes the following sections: Early Use of Radium – X-Rays – Radiopharmaceuticals – CT Scans – PET Scans – SPECT Scans – Other Scans – … ; 12 $1.20

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This chapter includes the following sections: Improper Disposal of Radioactive Devices: Three Case Studies – Radioactive Gauges – Nuclear Well Logging – Industrial Radiography … ; 12 $1.20

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This chapter includes the following sections: The Sarcophagus – History of Nuclear Power – Nuclear Fission – The Controlled Fission Chain Reaction – Types of Nuclear … ; 32 $3.20

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This chapter includes the following sections: The Largest Release of Radioactivity in American History – Mining and Milling – Refining and Enriching – Health and Environmental … ; 12 $1.20

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This chapter includes the following sections: Nightmare in the Emergency Room – Packaging Radioactive Material – Transport Regulations – Transport – Risks and Concerns ; 9 $0.90

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This chapter includes the following sections: Nuclear Roulette: Three Case Studies – Radiation at Sea – “Depleted Uranium” – Nuclear Weapons – Nuclear War … ; 22 $2.20

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Conclusion ; 8 $0.80