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July 1957

Notes on Atomic Energy for Medical Officers.

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By The Royal Naval Medical School. Price, $4.75. Pp. 169. Philosophical Library, Inc., 15 E. 40th St., New York 16, 1956.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(1):171. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260070185024

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This book has been prepared for those physicians whose training and experience has not given them an understanding of atomic energy and the effects of radiation on the living organism. Its purpose is to provide the basic knowledge a medical officer or other physician needs to understand the effects of an atomic explosion and the dangers of other types of radiologic warfare. Emphasis is placed on scientific background. Explanations of the phenomena involved are simple and thorough, and, because of this, the purpose of the book is achieved.

The first chapter deals with introductory physics, and subsequent chapters, with x-rays, atomic structure, natural radioactivity, transmutation of elements, artificial radioactivity, and ionization. With this background well established, the book progresses to consideration of the release of atomic energy and the properties of fission products. This is followed in turn by a discussion of the sequence of events in the explosion of

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