The Enemy Within: The High Cost of Living Near Nuclear Reactors: Breast Cancer, AIDS, Low Birthweights, And Other Radiation-induced Immune Deficiency Effects
|Author||Ernest J Sternglass|
|Publisher||Four Walls Eight Windows|
After reading this book, I became a committed opponent of Nuclear Power. The authors perform an excellent service in alerting everyone to the hazards we are all faced by any amount of nuclear radiation. When this book is read along with Ralph Graeub's The Petkau Effect: Nuclear Radiation, People and Trees, the astonishing realization will strike the reader-there is no such thing as a 'safe level' of contamination from any radioactive material. A basic level of chemistry and statistics is also required in understanding this subject. Unless the reader has some basic knowledge of how matter is constructed-an understanding gleaned from Chemistry 101-then this topic can be mysterious and easily misunderstood. Although the authors do a good job on the statistics, they never approach the subject of the number of atoms that are contained in a given volume of material.
The basic idea in the background to this topic is from physical chemistry; one needs to grasp what is contained in the idea behind Avogadro's number: 6 x 10 to the 23rd power number of atoms are in one mole of a material. What this means is that counting downward to even millionths or billionths of a mole would still leave huge numbers of radioactive material: subtract 10 to the sixth for a million and that leaves 6 x 10 to 17th power! While this idea is explored by Gould, he probably did not have space from his editors to explain it fully. What the book does do is to give an excellent overview of the statistics-living near (within 100 miles) a nuclear power plant places women and children at great risk. The author conclusively proves that the high incidence of breast cancers in women and thyroid cancers in young children in these areas is linked to the fallout from these leaky devices that we call nuclear power plants. - Ray L. Phenicle, Amazon