The relationship between post-irradiation recovery and equivalent residual dose

by James P. OKunewick

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An investigation of the problem of estimating the effective residual dose (ERD) of radiation retained by a man or an animal, with a view toward developing a model that will simulate experimentally observed recovery behavior. Such a model should prove useful in making post-nuclear war recovery predictions. The relationship between the establishment of an ERD for men and animals and the physiological mechanism underlying radiosensitivity is examined in detail, and it is found that recovery may be oscillatory in nature rather than exponential. Applicability of current models is discussed, and some factors that must be considered in developing a generally applicable recovery model are listed.

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