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August 1968

Principles of Nuclear Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(2):183. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300070087022

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The rapid growth and extent of the field of nuclear medicine are reflected in this valuable textbook. Approximately one third of the pages are devoted to mathematics and physics. The serious student of nuclear medicine will find these quite interesting and well written.

The clinical aspects of this new discipline are discussed by organ system. The intent is to demonstrate the clinical correlation of data gleaned from radioisotopic procedures with that obtained at the bedside and from conventional diagnostic procedures. This goal has not been achieved in many chapters because of varied styles of the many authors. The scan illustrations are clear and demonstrate good technique. The information content reflects the editor's interests to a large degree. The newcomer to nuclear medicine should not be frightened away by an unnecessarily complicated introduction, perhaps better suited to a text on aspects of medical physics. The second chapter on "The Diagnostic Process"

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