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October 19, 1946

Electron and Nuclear Counters: Theory and Use

JAMA. 1946;132(7):418. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870420058028

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This is a much needed review of the mechanism and operation of Geiger counters for laboratory workers and other technical personnel. Since the introduction of radioactive elements into experimental work, every laboratory is confronted with acquiring a basic understanding of counter operation and the underlying theory. In medicine and medical research the operation of counters for measuring gamma rays, beta rays, alpha particles and neutrons is becoming more and more necessary. This has been given special impetus by recent advances in nuclear physics and the prompt introduction of these advances into biologic investigation. The book approaches the concepts of the counting mechanism on an intermediate level and is therefore useful for those who have some scientific background but are not well versed in the field of electron and nuclear counters. It is arranged in orderly fashion and elaborates on the theory before discussing the development and special characteristics of the

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