What It Is, What You Need to Know

By Robert Peter Gale; Eric Lax
(Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780307959690, 270pp.)

Publication Date: January 29, 2013

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The essential guide to radiation: the good, the bad, and the utterly fascinating, explained with unprecedented clarity.
Earth, born in a nuclear explosion, is a radioactive planet; without radiation, life would not exist. And while radiation can be dangerous, it is also deeply misunderstood and often mistakenly feared. Now Robert Peter Gale, M.D, --the doctor to whom concerned governments turned in the wake of the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters--in collaboration with medical writer Eric Lax draws on an exceptional depth of knowledge to correct myths and establish facts.
Exploring what have become trigger words for anxiety--nuclear energy and nuclear weapons, uranium, plutonium, iodine-131, mammogram, X-ray, CT scan, threats to the food chain--the authors demystify the science and dangers of radiation, and examine its myriad benefits, from safely sterilizing our food to the relatively low-risk fuel alternative of nuclear energy. This is the book for all readers who have asked themselves questions such as: What kinds of radiation, and what degree of exposure, cause cancer? What aftereffects have nuclear accidents and bombs had? Does radiation increase the likelihood of birth defects? And how does radiation "work"?
Hugely illuminating, "Radiation" is the definitive road map to our post-Chernobyl, post-Fukushima world.

About the Author
Gale is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine.

Eric Lax is the author of "Woody Allen, A Biography" and" Life and Death on 10 West", both "New York Times" Notable Books. His work has appeared in "The New York Times Magazine", "Vanity Fair", " Life", "The Atlantic Monthly", and "Esquire", as well as in many other magazines and newspapers. He lives with his wife and two sons in Los Angeles.
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