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MIT Historian Kate Brown Alleges United Nations Scientific Cover-Up Of Death And Disease Toll From Chernobyl

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tags: Chernobyl, United Nations, MIT, nuclear history



A new book by a historian from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alleges that scientists and officials representing the United Nations, the Red Cross, and the World Health Organization covered up evidence that hundreds of thousands of people died from radiation from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident.

If the allegations in Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future are correct, then its author, Kate Brown, will have successfully overturned the scientific consensus that the Chernobyl accident will, at most, result in the deaths of just 200 people over an 80-year life span.

“International scientists suppressed evidence of a cancer epidemic among children, sidelined scientists who did not submit,” Brown alleges, “because they had much larger radioactive skeletons in the closet from nuclear bomb tests.”

Brown’s book has been uncritically reviewed by journalists and historians for ScienceNaturethe Economist, and the Times of London, all of whom reported on the book’s findings as a factual without interviewing, citing or quoting public health and radiation scientists who are Chernobyl experts.

The reviewer for the Economist, Noah Sneider, the magazine’s Moscow bureau chief, even emailed Brown last Friday to say, “I wanted to write you directly to say that it's absolutely magnificent. An eye-opening, awe-inspiring tale. One of the best books I've read on any topic recently. Bravo.”

Read entire article at Forbes

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