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A.M.A. Tells Mankind to Stop Worrying About Radioactive Fallout

Dec. 14, 1961 - The American Medical Association urged mankind today to “stop worrying about radioactive fallout and concentrate on getting ready for Christmas.” “There really isn’t very much that us average folks can do about it anyway,” the association said. In a statement on radiation, the A.M.A. said scientists were “by no means” agreed on how much radiation people could safely absorb. “Whether you are in favor of fallout shelters or not, we can’t just retreat to a shelter this winter,” the association said. “The man of the house has to go to work, the lady has to go shopping, and the kids have to go to school. If there is radioactive fallout in the air, we’ll get some of it, and there’s nothing we can do about it.”


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