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May 5, 1951

Radiation Monitoring in Atomic Defense

JAMA. 1951;146(1):74. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670010078039

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The preface states that this book is based on radiological plans and technics developed by the Federal Civil Defense Administration and the Atomic Energy Commission. Three opening chapters briefly sketch the nature of nuclear radiations and indicate the differences between ordinary explosions and those of atomic bombs. A distinction is made between immediate and residual radiations, and the means used to detect and measure residual ionizing radiations are described in general terms. The second half of the book pictures and discusses particular instruments now available for detecting, measuring and recording such radiations; these instruments include the Geiger counter survey meter, the ionization chamber survey meter, the proportional alpha counter, pocket chambers and dosimeters, film badge dosimeters and the Atomic Energy Commission emergency monitoring kit. The book concludes with information on future defense monitoring instruments and standard calibration sources; it also contains a bibliography and index. It is to be commended

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