first and most important part of the the literature review examined
the scientific evidence for possible biological and health effects of
RF. The two known actions of RF fields on living matter are assessed:
to dielectric heating of molecules); and non-thermal (mechanisms not
due to local or whole body increases in temperature).
The first part
of the review examines experimental evidence based both on in
vitro (cell cultures and isolated
tissues) and in vivo
(living animals) models. The second part reviews the literature on RF
effects on human performance and health parameters, both from the
point of view of laboratory (provocation) studies, as well as by
means of observational (epidemiological) studies. This review has
concentrated on exposure of humans to RF levels compatible with base
stations (so called community exposures) or during the individual
operation of mobile phone handsets close to the body.