Genetic effects of roentgen rays

Kaufmann, B. P. (December 1959) Genetic effects of roentgen rays. J Am Dent Assoc, 59. pp. 1155-68. ISSN 0002-8177 (Print)0002-8177 (Linking)

DOI: 10.14219/jada.archive.1959.0258


To paraphrase Shakespeare “The evil that radiations do lives long after the strontium90 is interred with man’s bones.” This evil is perpetuated beyond the life span of the exposed individual by the utilization in conception of eggs or sperms that have suffered genetic damage. The tangible defects of living beings indicate the widespread distribution of genetic damage. Although the roentgen rays used in diagnostic procedures in the dental office contribute a very small share to the over-all genetic damage experienced by the human species, efforts should be made to reduce unnecessary exposure of the gonads without sacrificing the essential uses of radiation in diagnosis. Members of professional groups familiar with the use of radiations have a responsibility to inform the public of the hazards as well as the advantages of new sources of radioactivity.

Item Type: Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Genetics/*radiation effects Radiation Effects/*genetics X-Rays *GENETICS/radiation effects *RADIATION EFFECTS/genetics
Subjects: bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing
physics > Ionizing Radiation
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Communities: The Carnegie Institution Department of Genetics
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: December 1959
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2018 21:11
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2018 21:11
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