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The Woman Who Knew Too Much: Dr Alice Stewart

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The following is kindly reposted from the  facebook page of Bob Alvarez

“Dr. Alice M. Stewart, a dear family friend, at our home in the late 1970’s.

Her findings, first published in 1955, suggesting that a single x-ray of the fetus could lead to childhood cancer provided the first human evidence that there was no safe dose of ionizing radiation. Although the British nuclear establishment, led by Richard Doll, blocked her promotion at Oxford University and prevented British government funding, the US food and Drug Administration (FDA) supported her research for several years. In the 1970’s, the FDA advised doctors against exposing pregnant women to x-rays.

By then Alice had built a massive set of data known as the Oxford Survey of Childhood Cancers (20,000 cases and matching controls from all children born in Britain following WWII). It took decades before fetal x-rays were effectively banned by the medical profession…

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April 23, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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