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November 11, 1950

Pocket Encyclopedia of Atomic Energy

JAMA. 1950;144(11):971. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920110083050

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The rapid developments and increasing interest in the field of nuclear physics have prompted more than one author to compile vocabularies intended to facilitate communication in the new language and to forestall a confusion of tongues. The present volume can be recommended as an excellent contribution of this sort, at once scholarly and attractive. It is not intended to serve as a dictionary and for that reason does not give pronunciations and does not stop with definitions; it consists, rather, of articles short enough to justify the alphabetical arrangement but long enough to make coherent reading. The various tabulations contain an impressive amount of valuable information in highly condensed form. Of special interest to medical readers is a table (page 192) of radioactive tracers most used in biologic research. The book can be recommended as an accurate and useful reference work.

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