But, is radiophobia a true phobia or a ‘red-herring’ that hides legitimate public health concerns?
This article explores the concept of radiophobia, its origins and its implications in light of the ongoing health debate about the real risks of radiation exposure resulting from nuclear disasters (e.g., Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima and now WIPP New Mexico).
Radiophobia – The Origins
After the 1950’s the term seemingly disappeared from the literature and reappeared nearly thirty years later after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
In relation to Chernobyl, ‘radiophobia’ was used to explain a situation where: “A person falling ill fears that radiation…
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