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September 29, 1962

Fundamental Aspects of Radiosensitivity

JAMA. 1962;181(13):1150. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050390052016

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A single ionizing event may alter some biological processes. Other, equally significant processes are apparently unaffected by a billion times as much radiation. Few physical or chemical events can be measured over such a great range; even fewer pharmacological events can be toxic over such a wide range of measurements. Even if there were no radiation-accident problem in medicine, the subject of radiosensitivity would have a theoretical importance in the science of pharmacology. To discuss the questions of "how" and "why" of such an extremely wide range of sensitivity to radiation in living organisms, a symposium of many disciplines was held at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in June, 1961. This comprehensive book is a report of the proceedings.

The proceedings do not set up desoxyribose nucleic acid ( DNA) as the "key to life" in newspaper fashion, but they pay proper homage to a quarter of a century of biochemical research.

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