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January 7, 1961

Radiation: Use and Control in Industrial Application

JAMA. 1961;175(1):69. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040010071029

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This book attempts to explain the use of radiation in industry and medicine. It is aimed at the practicing physician and is written for him in simple and non-technical language. It deals only with radioactive radiation, not with the rest of the radiation spectrum of light, heat, and radio waves.

The theoretical background is presented first, in non-mathematical form. The uses of radiation in medicine and industry are then covered. Chapters deal with the effects of various doses of radiation— their symptoms and treatment. Low doses cause little damage; high doses cause nausea, burns and death. Case histories are given for each type. In many instances, no cure can be effected; only supportive treatment is possible.

The problem of genetic damage by any radiation exposure is discussed at length. The author concludes that, with the maximum allowable dosages now in effect, the number of mutations caused by uses of radiation

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