Willful Blindness, the book
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|Wed, 09-14-2011 - 12:23pm|
Anyone heard of or read the book Willful Blindness by Margaret Heffernan? My DH borrowed it from the library and it seems to have lots of fodder for our debate.
in 1958 the British Medical Journal published an article that condluded that "a fetus exposed to an X-ray was twice as likely to deveop cancer with the next ten years as was a fetus that had not been exposed"...
"'We thought that doctors would stop X-raying on the mere suspicion that we were right....'"
"To the contrary, doctors carried on X-raying pregnant mothers for the next twenty-five years...."
"Why did it take so long? How could so many doctors, the world over, have been so blind?"..
"In part, the sexiness of X-rays was to blame. Ever since their discovery in 1895, X-rays had developed an aura of mastery and mystique.....With so much investment in it, neither the salesmen nor doctors wanted to hear that there might be any risks associated with the new technology. They were wedded to it."