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Thyroid radiation doses from fallout

Lewis, E. B. (1959) Thyroid radiation doses from fallout. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 45 (6). pp. 894-897. ISSN 0027-8424.

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Absorbed doses of radiation from fallout, when averaged over yearly periods and over large numbers of individuals, have usually been assumed to be well below the corresponding doses from natural background sources. Although this assumption may be valid for most body organs, it is unlikely to have been valid for the thyroid glands of the average infant and child in the U.S. The purpose of this note is to point out that for the last few years such thyroids probably have received an annual radiation dose (chiefly, from the beta-rays of radioiodine) that is approximately equal to the annual dose which they receive from natural background radiations.

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Additional Information:Copyright © 1959 by the National Academy of Sciences. Communicated by A. H. Sturtevant, April 20, 1959.
Issue or Number:6
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:20 Dec 2005
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