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I am not unhappy that my contribution was not recognized. I am sure it helped my career.
 

I am now almost certain that we need more radiation for better health.
 

I am sure that I have been much more useful to society as a medical physicist.
 

I don't display my plaques and honors. They are hidden behind a black curtain in my work room at home.
 

I found collaborating with congenial doctors about problems that physicists could help solve was very satisfying. I also like educating anybody who would listen!
 

I have devoted much time and energy to helping medical physics in developing countries.
 

I have the satisfaction of knowing I did something useful for society.
 

I started the nuclear medicine laboratory at UW Hospitals in 1959 and trained radiology residents in the field. It was 1965 before they found a trained MD (doctor) to take over my role.
 

I was the Chair of the first department of medical physics in a medical school in the U.S.
 

I would not encourage everyone to take up this profession. Not everyone is suited for any particular field.
 

If someone is interested in medicine and also in physics and they like working with people and communicate well with others, I would strongly encourage them.
 

In 1970 I realized that there was negligible risk from x-rays but many radiographs had poor image quality so that the risk from a false negative was significant.
 

In some cases radiation reduces the incidence of cancer.
 

It is likely that we need more radiation to improve our longevity.
 

Many Nobel Prizes are awaiting good research to understand and explain the many mysteries of our bodies, such as the basic mechanism of memory or imagination.
[Bodies]
 

Medical physicists work in cooperation with doctors. A few medical physicists devote their time to research and teaching. A few get involved with administrative duties.
 

Medical physics is an applied area of physics.
 

Most medical physicists work in the physics of radiation oncology making sure that the desired dose is given to the cancer and the dose to normal tissues are minimized.
 

My main frustration is the fear of cancer from low dose radiation, even by radiologists.
 

Nuclear physics is interesting but it is unlikely to help society.
 


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