Radiation : early warnings ; late effects

  title={Radiation : early warnings ; late effects},
  author={Barrie E Lambert},
Since the discovery of ionising radiation just over 100 years ago, it has been appreciated that injudicious exposure could produce harmful effects, even death. However, the general excitement in the scientific community and the, often inappropriate, publicity which followed these discoveries ensured that the damage to health, particularly in the long term, was not given any prominence. The undoubted medical diagnostic and therapeutic value of X-rays and radioisotopes meant that caution tended… 

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