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Radiation: Origin, Uses, Risks, Wastes

Published By Edutech Enterprises

  • By John K. Sutherland
  • Published April 2004

This paper examines the general subject of radiation and radiation uses throughout society. It provides an overview of the major sources of radiation; natural, cosmic, terrestrial, and touches upon man made sources of radiation. Some indication of common radiation doses to the public and society from the many various radiation uses, some of which are tabulated, is detailed, along with an indication of approximate proportions of the dose contributed by nature, medicine and industry. The article describes what radiation is, and how it is defined. Some examination of defined, empirical radiation effects upon human health is provided through reference to the most recent scientifically-defensible health studies throughout the world.

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