Gayle Greene

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Interests • low-dose radiation
• Alice Stewart
Interests in women’s health activism, expanded to an interest in cancer and environmental pollution.

Gayle Greene, Ph.D., is professor emerita at Scripps College.

Starting as a professor in literature and literary critic, she moved over to women’s health activism, which evolved into a book on breast cancer activism, which metastasized to an interest in cancer and environmental pollution.[1]

While researching cancer, she met Dr Alice Stewart, the pioneer physician and epidemiologist who discovered that when you x-ray pregnant women, as doctors were doing in the 1940s and 50s, you double the risk of a childhood cancer (she is why physicians don't do this anymore). Stewart's expertise on low-dose radiation plunged her into an international controversy over radiation risk.

She wrote a biography of Stewart, The Woman Who Knew Too Much: Alice Stewart and the Secrets of Radiation.

Greene is also the author of Insomniac, a first-person account that combines narrative with scientific investigation to detail the reality of living with insomnia. Her most recent book is Missing Persons, a memoir about dealing with loss in a culture that gives no help, finding a way of grieving and letting go unscripted by books or belief systems of the past.[2]

She has published in mainstream venues such as The Nation, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Ms Magazine, as well as scholarly journals such as Signs, Contemporary Literature, Renaissance Drama. She has been blogging for Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and elsewhere for the past decade.


A Document by Gayle Greene

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)
Document:Fukushima - Nuclear math in meltdownarticle16 February 2012Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
Chernobyl disaster
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