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February 20, 1954

Radioactive Isotopes: An Introduction to Their Preparation, Measurement and Use

JAMA. 1954;154(8):724. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940420086032

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Intended primarily for the use of scientific workers, this book offers an introductory summary of the theory of nuclear physics followed by chapters on the production of artificial radioactive isotopes, the various modes of nuclear disintegration, the properties of various ionizing radiations, the modus operandi of cyclotrons and uranium piles, the detection and measurement of radiations, the gross physical effects of radiations, some applications (including uses in archeology) of radioactive isotopes, and the manipulation of radioactive material. Most of the material of interest to physicians is contained in the two last chapters, which include a brief section on recent developments in radiotherapy and an extended, useful discussion of safety problems in radiological laboratories. Written with commendable clarity and authority and provided with good tables, subject index, and author index, the book should be useful to anyone specializing in radiology.

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