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January 10, 1959

The Practice of Nuclear Medicine

JAMA. 1959;169(2):196-197. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000190098024

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This work is divided into four parts which deal with physical principles underlying nuclear medicine, diagnostic methods involving the use of radioactive isotopes, therapeutic applications, and considerations of laboratory instrumentation and procedure. The first part contains instructive material that is likely to be new even to readers already familiar with the older literature of radiology. It includes a brief treatment of the intricate problems of dosimetry of the ionizing radiations. The second part begins with a detailed discussion of the use of iodine-131 in detecting abnormalities of form and function of the thyroid gland, and it continues with the various techniques used in localizing tumors, studying the gastrointestinal absorption of fats and proteins, testing the functions of liver and gallbladder, detecting gastrointestinal hemorrhage by means of erythrocytes labeled with chromium-51, and recognizing abnormalities of cardiovascular and renal function. Three chapters are devoted especially to determinations of blood volume, the diagnosis

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