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August 2, 1947

Actions of Radiations on Living Cells

JAMA. 1947;134(14):1208. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880310066033

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The author, states that his intention in writing this book was to give an account of certain of the simple and most fundamental actions of x-rays through ionizing and radiations on living cells. This book is one of an increasing number of publications that are being written. The college student and the medical student of the future must be familiar with atomic and nuclear energy and the mechanism of their radiations. The text is difficult to understand, even though the author states that large portions of it have been written in an elementary fashion. The study of effects of radiations on viruses, genes and chromosomes is difficult to understand and therefore will be difficult reading for the average radiologist. The book does not contain any of the investigations on the radioactive isotopes and, looking over the bibliography, one sees an occasional American author who has been quoted on his work

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