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April 22, 1968

Principles of Nuclear Medicine

JAMA. 1968;204(4):342. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140170058029

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With the publication of this work, the rapidly growing field of nuclear medicine has its first true textbook. Dr. Wagner has achieved a uniform style and presentation throughout the book, something that has eluded the editors of most multiple author volumes. The basic science as well as clinical aspects of nuclear medicine are handled with suitable depth and clarity. Throughout the book, the presentation of representative cases is quite good, and the discussion of the diagnostic procedures is adequate and objective.

The chapter on the diagnostic process is outstanding. Statistics and compartment analysis are, for me, replete with complex equations, but I suppose this is the nature of the discipline. The basic physics and instrumentation sections are excellent and discussed with candid detachment.

A minor organization problem concerns the presentation of the more sophisticated metabolic radiotracer procedures, but the difficulty may be due to the emerging stage of these particular