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December 21, 1957

Radioaktive Isotope: Ihre Herstellung und Anwendung

JAMA. 1957;165(16):2137. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980340103031

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An introductory section brings the reader up to date on nuclear physics as related to natural and artificial radioactivity. It is followed by sections on apparatus for the detection of ionizing radiation ( with technical details about scintillation counters ), passage of beta radiation through matter, methods and precision of measurements of beta radiation intensity, effects and measurement of gamma radiation and alpha radiation, calibration of apparatus intended for absolute intensity measurements, autoradiography, laboratory installations (with special reference to shielding), and medical application of radioactive isotopes. While the entire book has evidently been written with extraordinary attention to concreteness of detail, the two last-named sections deserve special commendation. A wealth of photographs and diagrams illustrate methods of shielding, manipulating by remote control, recording, and testing. There are valuable tables and a good index. The book is recommended for any library or laboratory concerned with the subject of radioactivity.

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