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April 1958

Medical Radiation Biology.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1958;59(4):631. doi:10.1001/archopht.1958.00940050187031

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This is a timely book which presents in textbook form the effects of radiation on man in conditions of both health and disease. For those of us who are neophytes in the physics of radiation and its effects on life processes in the cell, this book offers an easy and thoroughly understandable introduction. The first part of the book deals with the general principles of radiation and the effect of radiant energy on living matter. The specific chemical effects of radiant energy on water, proteins, amino acids, sulfhydryl compounds, enzymes, etc., is then reviewed, and the fundamental aspects of radiosensitivity are briefly outlined. The remainder of the book concerns the effects of radiation on the various organs of the body and on such physiological processes as metabolism and on progeny. The results of radiation on diseased tissues is then dealt with. The section on the effects on the eye is

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