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August 18, 1951

Toxicology of Uranium: Survey and Collected Papers

JAMA. 1951;146(16):1542. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670160084032

A continuation of the long series planned by the United States Atomic Energy Commission, this volume contains reports of animal experiments conducted between 1942 and 1946 on the effects of ingestion and injection of uranium compounds. This work was undertaken because of the need of protecting the many technical workers engaged in the development and production of atomic bombs.

The book is very well written, has a good index, and in general is so designed that it will be exceedingly useful to anyone doing research in the future in this particular field. Material of special interest abounds; an example is the description (pages 274 to 282) of a microfluorometric method capable of determining quantitatively as little as 0.0001 microgram of uranium. The book is naturally not of immediate interest in the practice of medicine but deserves commendation as a most substantial contribution to medical science.

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