THE ATOM: The Peril of Strontium 90

Talk about the perils of atomic radiation has swelled in volume and intensity ever since the U.S. and Russia fired their much-publicized H-bombs in 1954. From public forums and presses all over the world has come an unending stream of speeches, pamphlets and books—some of them by eminent scientists—upgrading or downgrading the dangers of radioactive fallout to mankind, condemning or defending the testing of nuclear weapons. At the crux of the debate is the question: How perilous to man is the key element in H-bomb fallout, strontium 90?

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