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December 19, 1953

Atomic Medicine

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Edited by Charles F. Behrens, M.D., Rear Admiral, MC, U. S. Navy. Second edition. Cloth. $11. Pp. 632, with illustrations. Williams & Wilkins Co., Mt. Royal and Guilford Aves., Baltimore 2, 1953.

JAMA. 1953;153(16):1495. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940330079042

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The first edition of this book appeared in 1949; the present edition contains new material on medical aspects of radioactive isotopes, high voltage acceleration, and radiation protection. It offers three detailed introductory chapters on the principles of atomic structure and ionizing radiation. These are followed by a magnificently illustrated chapter on the atomic bomb in action. The remaining chapters take up in detail the biological effects of atomic warfare and the steps to be taken by way of defense. The two chapters on survival methods in atomic disaster and on the design and operation of laboratories employing radioisotopes in medical research are of direct practical concern. There is a wealth of technical information in the form of tables and illustrations; the bibliography is good; and an ingenious index refers to decimally numbered sections instead of pages. The book will interest every medical reader.

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