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November 5, 1949

Constructive Uses of Atomic Energy

JAMA. 1949;141(10):747. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910100113029

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The fourteen chapters of this book are written by different authors, and four deal with subjects of general interest to the medical reader. The chapter on "The Use of Tracers in Biology" by G. C. Butler is a concise summary of the subject in 14 pages, with enough detail to keep it from being vague. In "The Medical Uses of Atomic Energy" C. P. Rhoads gives an absorbing general account of the clinical application of radiophosphorus and radioiodine. In "Radioactive Tracers in Pharmacy" John E. Christian gives interesting details of studies on the rate of absorption of drugs from enteric-coated capsules, the preparation of radioactive galenicals by growing plants in radiocarbon dioxide, and so on. In a too brief chapter of 4 pages G. Failla discusses "Nuclear Physics and Medical Research." A 31 page glossary informally adds many items that do not occur in the text. The book is well

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