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Title Review of toxicologic and radiologic risks to military personnel from exposure to depleted uranium during and after combat / Committee on Toxicologic and Radiologic Effects from Exposure to Depleted Uranium During and After Combat, Committee on Toxicology, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Division on Earth and Life Sciences, National Research Council of the national Academies
Published Washington, DC : National Academies Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (158 unnumbered pages)
Contents Introduction and technical background -- Toxicokinetics of depleted uranium -- Toxic effects of uranium on the kidneys -- Toxic effects of uranium on the lungs -- Toxic effects of uranium on other organ systems -- Radiologic effects of depleted uranium -- Uranium carcinogenicity and genotoxicity -- Evaluation of the Army's Capstone Report
Summary Since the 1980s, the U.S. military has used depleted uranium in munitions and in protective armor on tanks. Depleted uranium is a toxic heavy metal and is weakly radioactive. Concerns have been raised about the adverse health effects from exposure to depleted uranium that is aerosolized during combat. Some think it may be responsible for illnesses in exposed veterans and civilians. These concerns led the Army to commission a book, Depleted Uranium Aerosol Doses and Risks: Summary of U.S. Assessments, referred to as the Capstone Report that evaluates the health risks associated with depleted uranium exposure. This National Research Council book reviews the toxicologic, radiologic, epidemiologic, and toxicokinetic data on depleted uranium, and assesses the Army's estimates of health risks to personnel exposed during and after combat. The book recommends that the Army re-evaluate the basis for some of its predictions about health outcomes at low levels of exposure, but, overall, the Capstone Report was judged to provide a reasonable characterization of the exposure and risks from depleted uranium
Notes Title from title screen (viewed Feb 11, 2008)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject United States. Army -- Sanitary affairs.
United States. Army -- Weapons systems.
Depleted uranium -- Environmental aspects.
Depleted uranium -- Health aspects.
Depleted uranium -- Military applications.
Projectiles.
Tank warfare -- Health aspects.
Uranium -- radiation effects.
Chemical Warfare.
Military Personnel.
Risk Assessment.
Form Electronic book
Author National Research Council (U.S.). Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology.
National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Toxicologic and Radiologic Effects from Exposure to Depleted Uranium During and After Combat.
ISBN 0309110378
1281726788
9780309110372
9781281726780