Radiation vs conventional ATB casualties AW: [ RadSafe ] "ChernobylRadiation Equal to Everyday Risks" - JimSmith, UK

Livesey, Lee M Lee_M_Livesey at RL.gov
Wed Apr 4 06:54:30 CDT 2007

Yet nonetheless dead.  That's like saying my prostate cancer won't kill me because I got hit by a beer truck.

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 -----Original Message-----
From: 	Rainer.Facius at dlr.de [mailto:Rainer.Facius at dlr.de]
Sent:	Wednesday, April 04, 2007 02:37 AM Pacific Standard Time
To:	Jim.Muckerheide at state.ma.us; Rad_Sci_Health at yahoogroups.com; radsafe at radlab.nl
Subject:	Radiation vs conventional ATB casualties AW: [ RadSafe ] "ChernobylRadiation Equal to Everyday Risks" - JimSmith, UK

"Many of the approximately 210,000 people who died in the immediate aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were victims of ARS."

The above quote from Smith's laudable and professional attempt to evaluate radiation risks relative to other frequent health risks could be read as to perpetuate a frequent misunderstanding. Among the immediate victims, at least 85% but possibly up to 95% were killed by the purely conventional effects of the explosion, i.e., by heat, fire, pressure, injuries from tumbling building materials etc. Only the remainder lost their lives due to the acute radiation syndrome. Of course in absolute terms these still are (too) many, yet only a minor fraction of the total loss.


BTW, the total number of late cancer deaths assigned to the radiation exposure of the about 80000 RERF-ATB survivors amounts to (recently) less than 600 in the 60(!!!) years of follow-up.




Dr. Rainer Facius
German Aerospace Center
Institute of Aerospace Medicine
Linder Hoehe
51147 Koeln
Voice: +49 2203 601 3147 or 3150
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