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December 2, 1974

Pediatric Nuclear Medicine

Author Affiliations

University of California Medical Center San Francisco


by A. Everette James, Jr., Henry N. Wagner, Jr., and Robert E. Cooke, 544 pp, 378 illus, $35, WB Saunders Co, 1974.

JAMA. 1974;230(9):1329. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240090065038

Long awaited, this compendium of current thought in a rapidly developing area of medicine represents the eminently successful, unified effort of three distinguished editors, 85 renowned contributors, and a dedicated publishing house.

The introductory chapters offer the basic considerations regarding injection of ionizing radiation into children. These chapters include radiobiology, dose calculation, instrumentation, and choice of appropriate radiopharmaceutical agents in a pediatric population. The clinical chapters are presented in traditional organ-oriented fashion and cover brain, cerebrospinal fluid, lung, heart, gastrointestinal tract, kidney, bone, and the hematopoietic and endocrine systems. Additional chapters are devoted to discussions of malignant disease, in vitro testing, and correlation with other imaging modalities.

Explored in depth is the crucial question, to what extent radionuclides should be used in diagnosing diseases in children. Usually in nuclear medicine procedures, whole body doses are considerably greater than in plain radiographic examinations. However, very little direct information is available that