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This review gives a general account of how and why epidemiological studies of UK participants in the nuclear weapons test programme were set up. There is a short description of the circumstances in which the tests were planned and executed and a discussion of the general considerations involved in designing studies to show whether the health of test participants suffered as a result of the tests. The companion review article summarises the results of the epidemiological studies.


Journal article


J Radiol Prot

Publication Date





199 - 217


Australia, Epidemiologic Methods, Humans, Leukemia, Radiation-Induced, Nuclear Warfare, Pacific Islands, Radiation Injuries, Radioactive Fallout, Risk, United Kingdom, Veterans