This book shows that the medical consequences of low-dose, low-rate exposures to ionizing radiation have been overestimated by certain scientists, which apparently occurred in accordance with unofficial policies and directives. It analyses and exposes the biases and hidden conflicts of interest in numerous scientific publications overestimating the medico-biological consequences of low-dose radiation. After the Chernobyl accident, many publications exaggerated its medical consequences. Among the motives for this were financing, publication pressure, and career prospects. The accident has been exploited to strangle nuclear energy, thus boosting fossil fuel prices. In more developed countries, anti-nuclear sentiments have been supported by green activists, in agreement with the interests of fossil fuel producers, certain companies and governments. Today, however, there are no alternatives to nuclear energy; in the long run, non-renewable fossil fuels will become more expensive, contributing to the excessive population growth in oil-producing regions and to poverty elsewhere.
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Sergei V. Jargin graduated from the I.M. Sechenov Medical Academy in Moscow in 1983, and received postgraduate training in pathology at the same institution until 1986, before going on to as a pathologist and Lecturer. Since 1995, he has worked as a Lecturer at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia in Moscow. His scientific interests include environmental and radiation-related pathology, renal pathology, and thyroid tumors. He is the author of more than 20 articles and book chapters on these topics.