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IN THIS ISSUE: 133E235“ °“"' "m 2”” 1 . Radiation Leaks at Three Mile Island

2. Sudden Infant Death and DPT Vaccine

3. Children’s Problems

This month, two events occurred which illustrate how much scientists still have to learn about the brave new world they've created. First, from Tennessee, came reports of several cases of sudden infant death following closely upon the babies having received DPT (diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus) vaccine. I had hardly digested this news and gone on to talk to the doctor who had reported these findings when news broke of the radiation leakage at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Harrisburg, m‘ Pennsylvania. I)r I{0bert Both of these terrible events seem to me to be linked: Man

' has found the power to control much of his own planet, but he still Mendelsohn lacks the knowledge to make that power absolute. In this month's

Newsletter, I am giving you my reaction to these two happenings,

along with the caveat that the more we know, the less we know.


Radhnbn: By the time you read this, the nuclear leakage from the accident lNhyn0t at the Three Mile Island power plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will QQCUQMQ hopefully be ended. However, it seems to me that there are some important lessons to be learned for the next leakage which nuclear engineers in other parts of the country have already stated could certainly happen. When I joined my assistant, Vera Chatz, the morning of March 29, 1979, to write my medical column, her first and startling question to me was, "Why aren't they evacuating Harrisburg?" And even though officials gave the usual assurances that the radiation level was safe, her question started off a chain reaction in my mind. After all, didn't our country take the extreme precaution of inoculating 80 million people just in case there might be a swine flu epidemic? Aren't entire communities evacuated when trucks overturn and noxious fumes and other dangerous substances are released? Since the media reports were so scanty, we decided to do a little research on our own. Ms. Chatz telephoned the Harrisburg Patriot and Evening News where she learned that 20 millirems per hour of irradiation had been detected in Goldsboro, Pennsylvania, a town opposite the island on the river on which the nuclear power plant stands, about one mile away. This alarmed us since for more than 20 years, federal scientific panels have established the maximum safe dose of manmade radiation at 170 millirems per year. An ordinary chest x—ray delivers from 20 to