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April 4, 1959

Radiation Biology and Medicine: Selected Reviews in the Life Sciences

JAMA. 1959;169(14):1688-1689. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000310140035

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The output of research publications on ionizing radiation since the advent of the atomic bomb and establishment of nuclear reactors has been truly staggering. In addition to thousands of individual journal articles and reports from governmental agencies, many volumes of symposiums on specialized topics have appeared. This book serves a real function in bringing together in a series of reviews an up-to-date account of the impact of atomic energy on such diverse fields as genetics, physiology, agriculture, and medicine, to name but a few, as well as on such varied but related problems as growth and aging, ecology, and bioeconomics. The editor makes it clear at the outset that the nature of the task has forced selection of only certain areas for review and, furthermore, that the scope of presentation has been limited essentially to work performed or in progress in the United States. Despite this fact, the coverage is

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