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February 18, 1983

An Introduction to Nuclear Physics, With Applications in Medicine and Biology

Author Affiliations

University of California Berkeley


by N. A. Dyson (Ellis Horwood Series in Medicine and Biology, E. H. Grant, ed), 244 pp, with illus, $54.95, New York, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1981.

JAMA. 1983;249(7):950-951. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330310068038

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The purpose of this book is to present principles of nuclear and radiation physics that underlie applications to the medical sciences. Its major asset is the well-selected bibliography, which supports the main issues addressed in the first four chapters on physical concepts.

Although this monograph presents the physical principles concisely, this reviewer does not believe clinical or even basic medical scientists will find this book has any special advantages over other texts that cover similar material on the basic interaction of radiation with matter and the detection of radiation. For example, texts on nuclear medicine and radiology are tuned more to the clinical scientists than are the first 128 pages of Dr Dyson's book. An exception might be the application of radiation to radiotherapy, wherein there is a paucity of organized material on new methods, but even here this book cannot be cited as a source for the most modern