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November 22, 1952

Annual Review of Nuclear Science. Volume I.

JAMA. 1952;150(12):1262-1263. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680120098033

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This volume is an auspicious beginning of a series that one may expect, with confidence, to become extremely useful to research workers in the field of nuclear science. The chapters, by different authors, deal with such topics as meson physics, theories of nuclear structure, energy levels in light nuclei, and high energy accelerators. Of the 26 chapters, 4 deal with topics of medical interest, namely, radioisotopes in biochemical and medical research, stable isotopes in biochemical research, genetic effects of radiation, and biological effects of high energy radiation. The last topic gives the most immediate promise of practical application, as it is concerned with the relation of water and oxygen to the mechanism of radiation injury and thus leads to a consideration of protection and treatment.

The fact that these four chapters cover a total of 838 references to recent publications is at once a revelation of the amount of research

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