Human Radiation Studies: Remembering the Early Years, Oral History of Merril Eisenbud   [open pdf - 2MB]

"In December 1993, U.S. Secretary of Energy Hazel R. O'Leary announced her Openness Initiative. As part of this initiative, the Department of Energy undertook an effort to identify and catalog historical documents on radiation experiments that had used human subjects. The Office of Human Radiation Experiments coordinated the Department's search for records about these experiments. […] In September 1994, the Office of Human Radiation Experiments, in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, began an oral history project to fulfill this goal. The project involved interviewing researchers and others with firsthand knowledge of either the human radiation experimentation that occurred during the Cold War or the institutional context in which such experimentation took place. The purpose of this project was to enrich the documentary record, provide missing information, and allow the researchers an opportunity to provide their perspective. […] Merril Eisenbud was selected for the oral history project because of his former positions as Director of the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission's (ABC's) Health & Safety Laboratory (HASL) and Manager of the New York Operations Office, and because of his research into the effects of environmental radioactivity. The oral history covers Mr. Eisenbud's long career, focusing on the years spent founding and managing the Health & Safety Laboratory, his research on radioactive fallout in the United States and abroad, and his experiences with early occupational exposure, especially in uranium processing."

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Department of Energy, DOE/EH-0456
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United States. Dept. of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information: http://www.osti.gov/
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