Robert Peter Gale, a scientist and physician, is presently Visiting Professor of Haematology at Imperial College London. His career has focused on the biology and therapy of bone marrow and blood cancers, especially leukemias. He is the author of twenty-two medical books, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. For the last thirty years, he has led or been involved in the global medical response to nuclear and radiation accidents, including those in Fukushima and Chernobyl. He lives in Los Angeles. Eric Lax's books include Life and Death on Ten West, an account of the UCLA bone marrow transplantation unit, and Woody Allen- A Biography, each a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat, about the development of penicillin, was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles. i>From the Hardcover edition.
Praise for Robert Peter Gale and Eric Lax's Radiation
"Eric Lax [and Robert] Gale weigh up the risks and benefits of industrial, medical and natural radiation clearly, logically and with ample science. . . . It is Gale's phenomenal frontline experience that gives this book edge."
--Nature "Humorous and accessible. . . . Gale and Lax aim to fill in the gaps in the public understanding of all things nuclear, and they are adept at doing so. . . . The book navigates this troublesome territory without bias. . . . [Gale and Lax] present a host of interesting facts and figures . . . and their explanation of the biological effect of internal radiation is excellent. . . . This book does a good job at explaining radiation and what it does, both good and bad. Radiation is integral to our planet and its use will shape our future here. In Radiation, Gale and Lax help us understand how and why."
--New Scientist "Everyone needs to read this book; it's compact, easy to understand, rife with interesting revelations, and it cuts through a great deal of the noise surrounding the subject [of radiation]."
--Jewish Journal "Stellar. . . . Gale and Lax objectively present the danger and value of radioactivity. In content and writing, Radiation absolutely glows."
--Booklist (starred review) "[Lax and] Gale's is an invaluable guide for negotiating an increasingly radioactive world--for scientists, patients of radiation-related medical procedures, and environmentalists alike."
--Publishers Weekly "A well-written extension of the reach of reason in an area fraught with phobia and hysteria."