Corrections and Clarifications

Bovine Thyroid Iodine-131 Concentrations Subsequent to Soviet Nuclear Weapon Tests

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Science  02 Nov 1962:
Vol. 138, Issue 3540, pp. 580
DOI: 10.1126/science.138.3540.580


An error and a misrepresentation occur in the report "Bovine thyroid iodine-131 concentrations subsequent to Soviet nuclear weapon tests," by C. Blincoe and V. R. Bohman [Science 137, 690 (1962)]. The maximum and average radiation dose to the thyroid gland should have been reported as 2.2 and 1.1 rads, respectively, per gram of fresh thyroid tissue, rather than 1.1 and 0.55 rad per gram. The maximum and mean total thyroid doses would then be 74 and 38 gram rad for a thyroid of mean weight 34 g, rather than 37 and 19 rads, as stated in the original paper.