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November 15, 1952

Symposium on Radiobiology: The Basic Aspects of Radiation Effects on Living Systems, Oberlin College, June 14-18, 1950.

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Edited by James J. Nickson. Editorial committee: P. Morrison, et al. Sponsored by National Research Council of National Academy of Sciences. Cloth. $7.50. Pp. 465, with illustrations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 440 Fourth Ave., New York 16; Chapman & Hall, Ltd., 37-39 Essex St., Strand, London, W.C.2, 1952.

JAMA. 1952;150(11):1162. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680110102040

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Abstract

The 23 chapters of this book, written by several contributors, are concerned with the following topics: the physical interaction of ionizing radiations with matter, the chemical changes arising from the transfer of physical energy, the biochemical effects, and the effects on the tissues of the living organism. Although all of these considerations are fundamentally important in medicine, the concluding chapters on genetic effects, on the factors modifying the sensitivity of cells to ionizing radiation, on problems of quality and quantity of radiation, and on injury and lethality in mammals are of most immediate medical interest.

The chapters are not all equally intelligible, and it is evident that the editors struggled with the dilemma that arises at every meeting of specialists in a recondite field, as to whether they should address themselves to their immediate hearers and be content to make themselves clear to each other or whether they should be

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