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September 5, 1953

Radiations and Living Cells: An Introduction to Radiation Biology, in Which the Action of Penetrating Radiations on the Living Cell is Described, with Special Reference to the Effect on Cell Division in Human Tissues

JAMA. 1953;153(1):73. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940180075030

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Abstract

The author, a member of the Scientific Staff Medical Research Council, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Cambridge, England, attempts in this short monograph to bridge the gap between medical physics and radiation biology. This volume can be used by specialists and yet is elementary enough to be of value to the general scientific reader. The subject matter is based on the author's lectures, which are delivered to medical candidates in radiology. The history of radiation biology is discussed in the first chapter. Chapter 2 is a short review of general cytology. The scope of radiation biology is discussed in chapter 3, and the types of biological response to the action of penetrating rays are covered in chapter 4. The next three chapters deal specifically with irradiation of the skin and the alimentary canal, of the blood and circulatory system, and of the generative system. Chapter 8 deals with whole body irradiation and

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