Roger M. Macklis, MD
Although the biological effects of low-frequency electromagnetic radiation have been studied since the time of Paracelsus, there is still no consensus on whether these effects are physiologically significant. The recent discovery of deposits of magnetite within the human brain as well as recent, highly publicized tort litigation charging adverse effects after exposure to magnetic fields has rekindled the debate. New data suggest that electromagnetic radiation generated from power lines may lead to physiologic effects with potentially dangerous results. Whether these effects are important enough to produce major epidemiologic consequences remains to be established. The assumption of quackery that has attended this subject since the time of Mesmer's original “animal magnetism” investigations continues to hamper efforts to compile a reliable data base on the health effects of electromagnetic fields.
Macklis RM. Magnetic Healing, Quackery, and the Debate about the Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields. Ann Intern Med. ;118:376–383. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-118-5-199303010-00009
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1993;118(5):376-383.
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