R811 Summer 2018 Why Do We Know That Cell Phones Don't Cause Brain Cancer
Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, June 21–June 28
Instructor: Evan Douple
Since the distribution and proliferation of the mobile phone there has been a concern that the exposure to this "new form of radiation" might be responsible for causing adverse health effects. This two-session course will first look at the composition of the "sea of electromagnetic fields" (emf) that we live in every day. We will examine the results of epidemiology studies, beginning with the study by Wertheimer and Leeper in the mid-1970s that made the observation that the homes of children who developed leukemia appeared to be closer to electric power lines and substations than the homes of healthy children. We will continue to examine a series of studies and findings over the subsequent years that have eventually debunked most of the hyped risks and concerns about emf.
Evan Douple, an OLLI member, earned his PhD in radiation biophysics from the University of Kansas in 1972. He conducted studies of effects of microwaves in tissues while a professor at Dartmouth Medical School in the 1970s and 1980s and was board director of the National Academies' Board on Radiation Effects Research in the late 1990s.