[ RadSafe ] Prof O Raabe's recent paper

Stabin, Michael michael.g.stabin at Vanderbilt.Edu
Thu Jun 16 11:10:13 CDT 2011

Sigh. My digest arrives, I see about 15 posts about Otto's (quite excellent) paper, silly me, I got my hopes up. Nope, just name calling, silly discussions about being 'professorial' (which ohhhhkay, my 2c, Otto is one of the real outstanding and intellectual members of the HP community and a professor. I'm not going to strike it from my sig line, either, sheesh. I have known a few German profs who insist on being called 'Professor Doctor Doctor Smith' to their face, if they have a PhD and an MD and teach - now THAT is silly). 

But what about the SUBSTANCE of what Otto is saying? Is anyone listening? I haven't heard anyone, in this forum, or at the meetings, seriously debating what he is saying, which, if true would affect our entire radiation safety paradigm. Personally, I am persuaded by his analysis and conclusions.

Jeff Siegel, Carol Marcus and I published a serious article in Health Physics about changing how we release radioactive patients, and I mentioned it here. I can't tell that ANYONE read it, we got no positive or negative comments. If we are right, significant changes should be considered to the current lunacy about scary, scary radioactive patients, contamination in hotel rooms, etc. If we are wrong, show us how. If there is time for yelling at each other, debating fear mongers and discussing US- or Eurocentrism on radsafe, there should be time for reading and discussing a few journal articles that have something to say. There are good people here, this could be such a great forum, but it rarely is.


Michael G. Stabin, PhD, CHP
Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Vanderbilt University
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