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Letter from Albert Szent-Györgyi to Linus Pauling. October 16, 1961.
Szent-Györgyi writes to express his concern with media portrayals of the danger of
radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons tests.
October 16, 1961
I am disturbed by the repetitive pattern in which the Press tells about new atomic
tests, adding that the thousand-fold increase in fallout is not dangerous yet. This
must give the impression that high-energy radiation below a certain limit is not harmful.
As far as I know, there is no harmless radiation. Don't you think that something
could, and should be done about this?
With the best of regards, as always
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