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Robert Del Tredici - At Work in the Fields of the Bomb

40. Dr. Alice Stewart

Birmingham Regional Cancer Registry, England. September 13, 1981. Dr. Stewart is a world authority on the health hazards of low-level radiation. It was she who determined, in 1956, that a single diagnostic x-ray of a pregnant woman increased the risk of cancer in the child by 50-100%. She has gone on to study uranium miners, Japanese A-bomb survivors, and atomic workers. Her new work concentrates on the health effects of naturally occurring background radiation.

"Single-celled organisms could not exist until background radiation fell to present levels millennia ago. And it requires just as delicate an environment for us to survive. Yet today, in the arrogance of humankind, we are raising the levels of background radiation and setting back the evolutionary clock."

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