Title: The epistemological basis of radiological protection: two initiatives of the search for the truth about the biological effects of low doses of ionising radiation

Authors: Yannick Nouailhetas, Maria Elizabeth Dias Acar

Addresses: Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria, Av. Salvador Allende, s/n, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. ' Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria, Av. Salvador Allende, s/n, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Abstract: Two initiatives to reach the |truth| about the effects of low doses of ionising radiation were analysed: the initiative of the Brazilian National Congress through the creation of a Working Group (WG) in charge of evaluating the status of radiological protection in the country and the initiative of the World Council of Nuclear Workers (WONUC) to create a publication focused exclusively on the effect of low radiation as an instrument for the scientific community to raise awareness of the demands for this particular type of knowledge.

Keywords: radiological protection; epistemology; knowledge; beliefs; low doses; biological effects; ionising radiation; WONUC; low radiation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLR.2009.028535

International Journal of Low Radiation, 2009 Vol.6 No.2, pp.164 - 175

Published online: 18 Sep 2009 *

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