Investigation of Personnel Hazard Associated with Radio-Frequency Fields Encountered in Naval Operations
ZARET FOUNDATION INC SCARSDALE NY
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A pragmatic, bio-assay experimental method was developed whereby meaningful radio-frequency hazard data can be obtained. The technique can be applied to any type of pure or mixed radio-frequency field from the simplest to the most complex. The animal, itself, serves as the cumulative dosimeter for registering psycho-physical effects. By utilizing two primates for each intensity duration function tested, the probability of a suprious radiation field effect is rendered negligible. By selecting the animals as a pair, one male and the other female, the entire spectrum of potential sex-related delayed effects, including mating, fertility, gestation and progeny, may be investigated. In addition to the search for specific, radiation induced signature pathology such as thermal cataracts, other types of pathology and functional disorders including behavioral and psycho-physical abnormalities may also be investigated simultaneously. The concept of developing health-safety data by the technique pioneered in this program represents one of the most meaningful state-of-the-art advances for determining radio-frequency hazards developed during the past decade.