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June 20, 1959

Atomic Medicine

JAMA. 1959;170(8):1007. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010080115032

This book continues to be a courageous attempt to keep physicians and medical students aware of the rapidly unfolding significance of atomic energy. The new edition has been widely revised to include such developments as the fall-out effects from thermonuclear weapons, newer isotope techniques in medicine, and the advances made in our understanding of radiation effects. Atomic medicine has two diametrically opposed components, the catastrophic effects of atomic weapons and the peaceful applications of atomic energy. While both of these subjects are treated fully in this text, the book is to be valued largely for its pioneering effort in presenting the treatment of mass casualties, radioactive contamination, acute radiation sickness, and other aspects of the holocaust associated with atomic disaster.

The individual contributions making up the book vary widely in their competence and method of presentation. Alongside some timely and well-written chapters one finds sections that have become sorely outdated

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