Francis Committee Report (ABCC Technical Report 33-59)
Francis Committee Report (ABCC
It is apparent that the ABCC program had bogged down because of
deficiencies in understanding of purpose, in ideas, in initiative,
and in outlook. There has been a lack of investigative leadership
and stimulating support.
Significant observations have been made and, while gross evidence
of radiation effects are not being detected at present, the data
not yet analyzed may contain valuable information. If intimations
of a shortening in life span should be substantiated, an impetus
to investigations of underlying mechanisms will be provided. In
any event, the continued imaginative investigation of the study
population should yield knowledge of great value to medicine, to
human biology, and to peaceful uses of atomic energy. It is believed
that the program should be strengthened and given increased support.
A unified plan of study is proposed. It should furnish more adequate
data by coordination of effort, integration of information, and
by maintaining analyses of data at a current level. It offers advantages
of the stimulation and carrying out of research. Suggestions as
to future plans of maintenance are briefly discussed.
The Committee has not, in the time available, been able to examine
all aspects of the problem in detail. Moreover, it has been necessary
to collect information by its own efforts.
Finally it regrets it did not have time to write a shorter report.
6 November 1955
Felix E Moore
Thomas Francis Jr, Chairman
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