Richard E. Champlin, MD; William E. Kastenberg, PhD; Robert P. Gale, MD
After the accidents at Chernobyl, the Soviet Union, and in Goiania, Brazil, there is increasing concern about the medical risks from radiation accidents. This overview summarizes the principles of nuclear energy, the biologic effects of accidental radiation exposure, the emergency response to nuclear accidents, and approaches to treating radiation injuries. Also discussed are the related issues of reactor safety, the disposal of radioactive waste, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. With the increasing use of radioactive materials for power, weapons, and medical diagnostics, the medical community needs to understand the health consequences of radiation exposure.
Champlin RE, Kastenberg WE, Gale RP. Radiation Accidents and Nuclear Energy: Medical Consequences and Therapy. Ann Intern Med. ;109:730–744. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-9-730
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(9):730-744.
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