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THEY KNEW! 1973 WHO symposium on Microwaves
Poland Created: 18 Feb 2014
This rare and often mentioned as "top secret" 350 page book from a 1973 WHO Symposium on microwaves has surfaced - download copies from the source link and store them so that this work will never disappear again.

Source link: http://mistic.heig-vd.ch/taillard/microwave_effects/
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We have archived a zipped bundle of all the PDFs here:
(its a 170Mb whopper)


The International Symposium on the Biologic Effects and Health Hazards of Microwave Radiation was held during the four-day period October 15-18, 1973, at a conference center in Jadwisin, near Warsaw, under the joint sponsorship of the Governants of Poland and the United States of America and of the World Health Organization.

The Government of the Polish People’s Republic, through the Scientific Council to the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, designated the Institute of Biostructure of the Warsaw Medical Academy to be the collaborating institution; the Government of the United States of America was represented by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Food and Drug Administration, Bureau of Radiological Health, and the World Health Organization was involved through its Environmental Health programme.

Special assistance in the arrangements for the Symposium was given by Dr. B. D. Blood, International Health Attache, United States Mission to the International Organizations in Geneva.

The Symposium was the culmination of a two-year exploratory and planning effort to bring together, for the first time, scientists and scientific program directors from the nations known to have research interests in the effects on health of exposure to microwave radiation. This was believed to be important for several reasons: the expanding use of microwave power for an increasing variety of industrial, military, medical, commercial and household purposes; the capacity of microwave radiation to produce demonstrable- biologic effects; and the unresolved differences in reported biologic effects and in the exposure and safety standards derived from them.

The objectives of the meeting were: to exchange current information about the biologic and health effects of microwave radiation and recommend further needed research and approaches, to encourage international cooperation in relevant research, to promote the evaluation of scientific information needed for setting safe exposure standards, to consider ways of achieving international dosimetric standardization, and to publish and disseminate the Proceedings.

It was thought that the purposes of the Symposium would best be served by a relatively small group of participants given ample opportunity for formal and informal discussion. Regrettably this excluded participation by many experts connected with research programs concerned with the microwave range of the electromagnetic spectrum (defined for the symposium as 300—300.000 MHz).

Sixty participants from the following countries and from WHO attended: Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, the Federal Republic of Germany, France, the German Democratic Republic, Japan, Poland, Sweden, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Three specialists from Argentina, -Czechoslovakia and Israel who were invited to attend the -Symposium had to cancel their scheduled participation.

Representatives of several international organizations also attended the Symposium.
The participants were scientists and program directors from various institutions, universities, agencies and laboratories concerned with the physical, biomedical and behavioral sciences.

English and Russian were the official languages of the Symposium and a simultaneous translation service provided. The many multilingual participants and members of the staff provizied translations from French and other languages.

Thirty-nine scientific papers were presented in six sessions:
A. General Effects of microwave Radiation
B. Influence of Microwave Radiation on the nervous System and behaviour.
C. Effects of Microwave Radiation on the Cellular and Molecular level,
D. Measurements of Microwave Radiation
E. Occupational Exposure and Public Health Aspects of Microwave Radiation
F. Future Research Needs. Conclusions and Recommendations.

Abstracts of the papers, prepared in advance by the authors.
were translated in Poland and distributed to the participants in English. and Russian versions before the start of the Symposium.

The spirit of the Symposium was one of goodwill, enthusiasm and genuine interest in interchange with scientists of other countries.
The setting of the meeting and housing of participants in a suburban conference center greatly contributed to the success of the Symposium.
For many participants it was their first opportunity to meet investigators known to them only through the literature.
On several occasions, impromptu meetings by groups of participants were arranged in the evening or early morning to discuss topics of interest not on the program.
It is notable that plans were initiated during the conference for some collaborative work and exchange of information and instrumentation by participants of different scientific persuasions.

The controversial issues that have characterized the field for the past two to three decades relate to:
(1) the mechanisms of interaction of microwave radiation with biologic systems
(2) the levels and circumstances of exposure capable of producing biologic effects and
(3) the nature and significance of biologic effects.

Differences in approaches and findings principally between countries in western Europe and North America and those in eastern Europe, have led to considerable variance
in microwave exposure criteria and standards. For example, the usual recommended maximum power density level for occupational exposure in the United States is 10 milliwatts per square centimetre based mainly on the risk of cataract formation from heating effects. In contrast to the standard for full-time work exposure in the Soviet Union of 10 microwatts per square centimetre, based on low intensity non-thermal biologic effects. It was not the intention of this conference to consider discrepancies in standards and compliance, however, but rather to open the way for scientists to present and discuss studies and interpretations that have been the underpinnings of safety standards and to propose ways of advancing knowledge and understanding in this relatively new field.
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Source: WHO, symposium on microwaves, 15 Oct 1973

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