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Diagnostic Nuclear Medicine, vols 1 & 2, edited by Martin P. Sandler, R. Edward Coleman, Frans J. Th. Wackers, James A. Patton, Alexander Gottschalk, and Paul B. Hoffer, 3rd ed, 1547+ pp, with illus, $279, ISBN 0-683-07503-9, Baltimore, Md, Williams & Wilkins, 1996.
The specialty of nuclear medicine began approximately 50 years ago as an outgrowth of the Atoms for Peace program launched by President Eisenhower in 1953. Initially, it was applied to the detection and treatment of thyroid disease with radioactive iodine. Since then, the specialty has undergone explosive growth. Nuclear medicine techniques now provide important diagnostic information about every major organ system.
Nuclear medicine also has expanded to include several invaluable therapeutic procedures, such as the treatment of intractable pain from cancer metastatic to bone. Because of this phenomenal expansion, comprehensive textbooks are especially important—and difficult to write. These two texts honorably fulfill the daunting task of bringing
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