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Boston Globe piece paints portrait of Dr Helen Caldicott
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This Boston Globe piece paints a portrait of Dr Caldicott, it's subject would prefer focus remain on Japan and the medical dangers of radiation:
"In a telephone interview from her Montreal hotel room, Caldicott pointedly rejected any “told you so’’ talk.
“This isn’t about ego, it’s about absolute devastation,’’ she said, in characteristically unsparing terms. “It’s worse than I ever imagined. I never thought six reactors would be at risk plus their cooling pool.’’ She went on to tick off ways in which the radiation released in Japan would poison the world forever."
None of her concerns about Japan actually made it into the article. Her life is fascinating. Dr Caldicott, however, remains focused on the issues, calling for a real discussion of radiation and the risk it poses to public health and the environment; in Japan, and around the world.
FOR BOSTONIANS of the late ’70s and early ’80s, a lecture by Dr. Helen Caldicott was a bracing, and often viscerally painful, experience. A pediatrician turned anti-nuclear crusader, the Australian-born Caldicott emerged as a national force in the wake of the Three Mile Island disaster. Her Harvard credentials and command over medical data on radiation exposure positioned her as a scientific expert; the painful urgency that underlay her every word, the abject fury with which she inveighed that life itself would be surrendered to “Nuclear Madness’’ (the title of her first book), marked her as a provocative activist.