[ RadSafe ] German professor with ideas about nuclearpower &health effects

Peter Bossew peter.bossew at jrc.it
Fri May 2 03:48:43 CDT 2008

Franz is correct, Körblein is very active in this scene; however I think 
one should discuss his results and claims, because as far as I know he 
is indeed an expert, and does publish in apparently reputable journals. 
(Which is not to say he may not be wrong, of course.)

But I am no expert in epidemiology. So if somebody has sound information 
on Körblein's qualification, and the scientific quality of his claims, 
this would be useful to know. As far as I can see he is far above 
Sternglass etc., in terms of statistical QA. Please correct me if my 
impression is wrong.

I would like to add that I have taken part in the Austrian 
epidemiological study on possible Chernobyl effects (unfortunately not 
published in English) (not in the epidemiological, only in the 
radio-ecological section of the study). In any case, we tried to 
reproduce some of Körblein's, Scherb's etc. results, but were not able 
to do so, although the statistical conditions were better (I think), 
since Austria has regionally quite high Ch. fallout, and very pronounced 
regional differences in Ch. fallout, as well as a good medical database. 
The report also contains a (short) critique of the approach of those 


John R Johnson wrote:
> Franz
> I read the paper that Steven refered to, and thought it was useful in 
> my understanding of childhood cancer around German NPP's. Do you have 
> any references to his "German speaking antinuclear" bias, if that is 
> your point?
> John
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> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Franz Schönhofer" 
> <franz.schoenhofer at chello.at>
> To: "'Steven Dapra'" <sjd at swcp.com>; "'Bjorn Cedervall'" 
> <bcradsafers at hotmail.com>; <radsafe at radlab.nl>
> Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2008 3:06 PM
> Subject: AW: [ RadSafe ] German professor with ideas about 
> nuclearpower &health effects
> Steven, Björn, et al.
> This Alfred Körblein is very well known in the German speaking 
> antinuclear
> Europe. I think this is enough said about this person!
> Franz
> Franz Schoenhofer, PhD
> MinRat i.R.
> Habicherg. 31/7
> A-1160 Wien/Vienna
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] Im 
> Auftrag
> von Steven Dapra
> Gesendet: Samstag, 26. April 2008 22:48
> An: Bjorn Cedervall; radsafe at radlab.nl
> Betreff: Re: [ RadSafe ] German professor with ideas about nuclearpower &
> health effects
> Apr. 26
>         Here is an English link to Alfred Körblein: Childhood cancer near
> German nuclear power plants
> <http://www.alfred-koerblein.de/cancer/english/index.htm>.
> This was co-authored with an A. Hoffman.  The citation is Medicine & 
> Global
> Survival, August 1999; Vol. 6:18-23.  At the end of the above link is a
> link to the full text in PDF.
>         Korblein has also written a paper on "Perinatal mortality in West
> Germany following atmospheric nuclear weapons tests."  (Archives of
> Environmental Health Nov. 2004; 59(11):604-609).   This link
> <http://www.alfred-koerblein.de/atomtests/english/index.htm> will take 
> you
> to what appears to be an abstract, with two graphs.  Within the apparent
> abstract is a link to the full text in PDF.
>         Here is another link to the Perinatal mortality paper (in 
> English)
> and not in PDF.  <http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-144293253.html>  AK
> invokes Sternglass, and cites to him, and to John Gould (for what that's
> worth).  According to a notation at the end of the paper, AK retired from
> the Munich Environmental Institute at the end of 2004.
>         Here is what the IPPNW has to say about it
> all:
> <http://www.ippnw-europe.org/article/IPPNW_Physicians_Issue_Warning.html>. 
>         AK has written an article or a paper titled "Pregnancy outcome
> after the Chernobyl accident," however it is not currently available 
> on his
> web site.
> Steven Dapra
> At 06:42 PM 4/26/08 +0000, you wrote:
>>  Dear Radsafers,
>> This man showed up in an article in our no. 1 sensational newspaper
>> (Aftonbladet) today:http://www.alfred-koerblein.de/
>> Any comments about his work?
>> Articles in Swedish:
>> http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article2355898.ab
>> http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article2355810.ab
>> One message is that "child mortality has increased in Sweden and 
>> Finland"
>> (clearly unclear) after the Chernobyl explosion. I have not seen the 
>> study
>> (by this professor) which Aftonbladet mentions - according to 
>> Aftonbladet
>> the study was handed over yesterday to the Finnish Parliament by some
>> anti-nuclear people.
>> My personal action only,
>> Bjorn Cedervall    bcradsafers at hotmail.com


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