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December 6, 1958

Radiation Protection

JAMA. 1958;168(14):1951. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000140113033

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This clear and readable textbook provides a compilation of information covering the practical aspects of protection from x-rays, gamma rays, and particulate ionizing radiation. In addition to giving the background underlying the practice of radiation protection, it provides the tables, graphs, and formulas essential for determining proper protective barriers, particularly when used in conjunction with the various handbooks of the National Committee on Radiation Protection. Both Braestrup and Wyckoff are experienced workers in the field, and many useful practical points are included. In view of the current interest in the measurement of beta rays, rather more emphasis might have been laid on beta ray instrumentation. The chapter on biological effects of radiation by Evans and Lough is factual but overly condensed. Specific bibliographic references for the several sections of the chapter would have been much more helpful than a general bibliography for the chapter as a whole. Thus, the reader

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