The distinction in radiobiology between medical and public health functions

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Starting with the classical threshold-sigmoid Medical-Toxicological plot, reasons are advanced for why the coordinates of this function are not appropriate for the analysis of Public Health-Epidemiological data. Misunderstanding with respect to both the level of biological organization and the word ``dose`` are pointed out, which explain why Public Health-Epidemiological data, anomalously, yield linear functions on medical-toxicological coordinates. It is then shown why substantially different coordinates must be used to obtain a function that describes properly and completely the cancer data obtained from epidemiological studies on the atomic bomb survivors. Arguments are put forth that seriously weaken the current interpretation of ... continued below

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Bond, V.P. & Wielopolski, L. December 31, 1995.

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Starting with the classical threshold-sigmoid Medical-Toxicological plot, reasons are advanced for why the coordinates of this function are not appropriate for the analysis of Public Health-Epidemiological data. Misunderstanding with respect to both the level of biological organization and the word ``dose`` are pointed out, which explain why Public Health-Epidemiological data, anomalously, yield linear functions on medical-toxicological coordinates. It is then shown why substantially different coordinates must be used to obtain a function that describes properly and completely the cancer data obtained from epidemiological studies on the atomic bomb survivors. Arguments are put forth that seriously weaken the current interpretation of the ``linear, no-threshold hypothesis``. Reasons are advanced for why, if the amount of radiation energy is expressed in the proper terms, the numerical value for the cancer ``risk coefficient`` becomes substantially smaller than it now is.

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  • Schull symposium, Houston, TX (United States), 7-10 Oct 1995

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  • Report No.: BNL--62492
  • Report No.: CONF-9510300--1
  • Grant Number: AC02-76CH00016
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 195668
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc671179

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Bond, V.P. & Wielopolski, L. The distinction in radiobiology between medical and public health functions, article, December 31, 1995; Upton, New York. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc671179/: accessed May 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.