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Novmber 21, 1959

A Short Textbook of Radiotherapy for Technicians and Students

JAMA. 1959;171(12):1760. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010300134035

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This is the second edition of a book originally published in 1950. As stated in the preface, it is based on a series of lectures given for student technicians. The style of writing is excellent, giving a clear and concise orientation of the material essential for an understanding of the problems of radiotherapy. While primarily intended for technicians, the book also should prove of great value to physicians undergoing training in radiotherapy as a preface to more detailed study of the subject. Of particular value is the clear and readable discussion of physics and the principles of radiotherapy, as a contrast to the more formal and often confusing approach so often encountered. The second half of this book deals with radiation techniques. This subject is covered in short and terse descriptions of techniques applicable to disease in which radiation therapy is indicated. For the technician this is adequate and for

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