[ RadSafe ] RE: Tolerance dose - three old references

Bjorn Cedervall bcradsafers at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 27 11:23:47 CDT 2009

1. P.S. Henshaw, Radiology, Vol. 44, 1945:569-580.

2. L. Taylor, J. Wash. Acad. Sci., Vol. 46, 1956:69-80.

3. R. Sievert, Br. J. Radiol., Vol. XX (no. 236), 1947:306-318.


These articles point at all the relevant historical context.

The concept of Maximum Permissible Dose (MPD) probably entered the arena in the 1950:ies.


If I recall correctly, Taylor argued strongly against the threshold idea for stochastic effects

in a paper 1947 and that may be considered a milestone in the history of radiation protection.

The non-threshold idea had however been discussed for at least a decade before that.


My personal ideas & comments only,


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