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Book and Media Reviews
May 18, 2011

Human Radiation Injury

JAMA. 2011;305(19):2013. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.645

In light of the recent tsunami-related reactor crisis in Japan and publicized concern about medical radiation exposure in the United States, Human Radiation Injury is a timely book for readers who want to understand the science behind the headlines and gain an understanding of radiobiology. What might have been a dry topic is instead presented quite well, with readable text supplemented by copious color illustrations, images, tables, and graphs. While the book largely focuses on topics related to administration of therapeutic radiation, many chapters are considerably broader and will appeal to a variety of physicians. The multiauthored chapters are grouped into 4 sections, progressing from broad surveys of radiation effects to organ-specific pathologies. The editors have ensured that chapters are complementary, with a sense of natural progression and little redundancy.