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Cohen, B.L. ; Dept. of Phys. & Astron., Pittsburgh Univ., PA, USA

The concepts of radiation dose, dose equivalent, and related terms are defined and methods for measuring them are described. The various health effects of radiation-acute radiation sickness, cancer, genetic disease, and developmental deficiencies from in utero exposure-are discussed, and the risks are quantified. For perspective, risks from radiation are compared with common risks in our lives. It is concluded that radiation exposures of 1 rem per year or less represent only very minor increments in the multitude of risks faced by everyone

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Education, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:34 ,  Issue: 3 )