Multiple Exposures: Chronicles of the Radiation Age

Catherine Caufield, Author Harper Perennial $19.95 (304p) ISBN 978-0-06-015900-9
Events at Chernobyl and recent revelations about contaminants from U.S. nuclear weapons facilities make this history of ionizing radiation particularly pertinent. In 1895, Wilhelm Roentgen discovered X-rays. Only a year later, radioactivity was discovered by Henri Becquerel and the Curies, but it took years for scientists to comprehend the horrible effects of radiation poisoning, and radiation pioneers, including Marie Curie, died of the effects of overexposure. Looking at all forms of radiation, from fallout and radon to radioactive smoke detectors and dental X-rays, Caulfield ( In the Rainforest ) traces the proliferation of the uses of radiation in medicine, industry and the military, and in generating energy. She believes that ``experts'' have consistently underestimated the damage that radiation can cause. This is an intelligent, non-alarmist history which will help lay people evaluate policies proposed to control this useful but hazardous technology. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/30/1989
Release date: 05/01/1989
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-0-226-09785-5
Hardcover - 320 pages - 978-0-436-09478-1
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