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June 9, 1962

Radioactivity in Man: Whole Body Counting and Effects of Internal Gamma Ray Emitting Radioisotopes

JAMA. 1962;180(10):902. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050230104028

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Radioactivity in Man is essentially a report of a symposium held at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, April 18-19, 1960. It contains the papers and discussions of eminently competent participants. A wide spectrum of interests is covered, including biomedical, biophysical, physical, legal, and sociological aspects of man and ionizing radiation. However, little factual information that has not been documented by the same experts elsewhere is included. The book contains an excellent explanation of the gamma ray scintillation spectroscope, models of dosimetry, illustrations of the hardware, and the use and limitations of whole body counting of internal radionuclides by gamma ray spectroscopy.

Examples of the use and interpretation of results of whole body counting following nuclear reactor accidents and exposure to atomic fallout are given. The research potential of the counting methods are discussed. The callibration of and total body count by large crystal scintillation counters and the 4 π liquid

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