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June 6, 1959

Radioactive Isotopes in Clinical Practice

JAMA. 1959;170(6):756. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010060124039

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This book is an introduction to the relatively new field of nuclear medicine. During the past five years the authors have conducted a comprehensive course in the clinical uses of radioactive isotopes. It is from the experience gained in the presentation of this course that this book has been written. The first section, Basic Physics, is written by Dr. Quimby. The basic materials of atomic and nuclear physics, interaction of radiation and matter, radiation dosimetry, radiation hazards, and related subjects are presented in a succinct and integrated manner. Historical accounts of advances in the field, which the reader should find interesting and informative, are interspersed. The section by Dr. Feitelberg deals with instrumentation and laboratory methods. Radiation detectors and measuring instruments are discussed, with respect to principles of operation as well as practical use. Chapters on the quantitative measurement of isotopes in vivo, the time factor in physiological processes, measurement

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