September 1985

Clinical Biophysics

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by M. Anbar, R. A. Spangler, and P. Scott, 700 pp, with illus, $75, St Louis, Green, 1985.

Arch Surg. 1985;120(9):1090. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390330096025

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Don't be frightened by the title of this book for, like Alice who didn't realize that all along she had been speaking prose, clinicians are probably surprised to learn they have been practicing clinical biophysics. Or at least this is so if we accept the definition of biophysics from these PhDs and clinicians from the Buffalo (NY) Medical School. To them, this includes such everyday clinical tools as transducers, electronic monitors, Doppler, isotopes, ultrasound imaging, and, of course, computed tomographic scans and computers.

This, they tell us, is the first textbook in the field; with toe-in-the-dirt modesty the authors assure us that the material is presented "in very elementary form" intended for students with little background in physics. Clinical surgeons, however, need not worry that the material is too elementary! The mathematics seldom go beyond the high school level, but there are numerous formulas and symbols representing unaccustomed words in

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