Human Radiation Studies: Remembering the Early Years, Oral History of Biochemist John Randolph Totter, Ph.D.   [open pdf - 3MB]

"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 As part of this initiative, the Department of Energy undertook an effort to identify and catalog historical documents on radiation experiments that had used human subjects.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. […] Dr. John Randolph Totter was interviewed on January 23, 1995, by David Harrell of COMP A Industries and Dr. Darrell Fisher, a health physicist from the Pacific Northwest Laboratory, on behalf of the Department of Energy Office of Human Radiation Experiments. Dr. Totter was selected for the oral history project because of his career with the Atomic Energy Commission Division of Biology and Medicine (DBM), particularly as its director from 1967 to 1972."

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Department of Energy, DOE/EH-0481
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