Published in Metascience, Vol. 6, No. 1, 1988, p. 52
One of the enduring scientific and political controversies associated with nuclear power has been the issue of the health risks of low-level ionising radiation. Charles Sutcliffe, an economist, has delved into the scientific evidence. His book is clearly written, reasonably accessible to non-specialists, well organised and well documented for its stated purpose, namely presenting the case that official estimates considerably understate the risks of low-level ionising radiation. Sutcliffe is mainly concerned to mobilise conventional science to argue a point, except in one effective chapter where he gives numerous examples of how the nuclear establishment has obstructed critics of radiation standards.