Health Implications of Nuclear Power Production

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Physicians should be as aware of potential threats to the health of their patients and their communities as they are of clearly documented current sources of illness, injury, and disability. Health threats that may be posed by aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle have recently been reviewed in a World Health Organization (WHO) report, Health Implications of Nuclear Power Production (1). This report raises some of the same issues as did the 1975 United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Reactor Safety Study (2). The latter work, popularly known as the “Rasmussen Report” (after the director of the study, Professor Norman

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