Science: The Atom at Work

Radiation Senility. In a speech before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee, Dr. John C. Bugher, chief of the Atomic Energy Commission's Biological and Medical Division, made a statement that chilled the Senators. "A possible delayed effect of radiation exposure," he said, ". . . is a statistical shortening of life expectancy." Such "radiation senility" has been demonstrated with animals. "This phenomenon does not result from any specific cause of death, but apparently from a general acceleration of the aging process. Whether this factor can be recognized in a human population is as yet...

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