And in the wake of Fukushima, the world turned once again to Dr. Gale when it came to rationally gauging the immediate and long-term health effects of the accident in Japan. Perhaps we should be grateful then that Dr. Gale, along with co-author Eric Lax, has just written a new book aimed at demystifying radiation and its potential health effects. Radiation: What It Is. What You Need to Know, was just published by KnopfDoubleday and is available at Amazon.com and bookstores nationwide. Here's a thumbnail review that appeared earlier today in the New York Times:
Dr. Gale, a leukemia expert who advised governments in the wake of the nuclear disasters at Chernobyl in Ukraine and Fukushima in Japan takes a measured look at the health risks of radiation. He and Mr. Lax, a medical writer explain how mild doses of background radiation may be harmless, while extreme levels can cause cancer. In a twist, Dr. Gale reveals that most of the increase in our exposure in the last half century is not because of nuclear weapons or power but because of medical diagnostic tools like X-rays and CT scans.Looks like I've got something new to download onto my Kindle.