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June 1, 1957

Clinical Use of Radioisotopes

JAMA. 1957;164(5):618. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980050108035

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This textbook is eminently suited for the beginner in the use of radioisotopes. Its major assets are a uniformly high level of clinical judgment and the presentation of technique in recipe style, in such detail that a novice with skill in general laboratory work may expect to use isotopes successfully. Included in this recipe style are detailed descriptions of virtually every isotope tracer technique in clinical use. The coverage of physics is somewhat less satisfactory, being marred not only by a failure to convey the intended meaning but also by typographical errors, as in the exponentials, which will serve only to confuse the beginner. The section on physics in relation to health is, however, well done. The chapters on the clinical uses of radioiodine are especially useful.

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