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February 5, 1955

Atomic Energy and Its Applications

JAMA. 1955;157(6):553. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950230067036

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This book is a remarkably compact presentation of the facts of natural and artificial radioactivity. After preliminary chapters on the structure of the atom and the nature of radiation, there are sections on particle accelerators, nuclear reactions and reactors, atomic weapons, production of radioactive nuclides, protection from radiation hazards, medical applications, industrial and scientific applications, and future prospects (especially power production and thermonuclear reactions). Each chapter is provided with exercises for students and references for investigators. There are interesting illustrations and a commendable index. The medical section is necessarily too brief to mention all aspects of a vast, tangled body of information, but, as an introduction to this subject, the book is most commendable.

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