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The fear of radiation, particularly of ionising radiation, is referred to as radiophobia. Examples of radiophobia are given and four different groups of people suffering from it are described. The degree of radiophobia depends in general on the socioeconomic and cultural basis of the people concerned. With the exception of the more pathologic cases, radiophobia can be reduced by helping people better understand the nature of radiation, its effects, useful applications and the risks connected with its use. Mass-media can play an important role in reducing the fear of radiation, at least as far as the general public is concerned.

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Authors: OBERHOFER M, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (VA) (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12056 EN (1989) MF, 15 pp., ECU 4, blow-up copy ECU 5
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ISBN: CD-NA-12056-EN-C
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