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April 29, 1974

Radiobiology for the Radiologist

Author Affiliations

University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston

JAMA. 1974;228(5):634. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230300060040

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Writing with a specific audience in mind, Dr. Hall achieves his objective in admirable fashion. Fortunately for the reader, the author resists the temptation to pursue with zeal his personal areas of interest to the neglect of other topics that need equal consideration. The result is a concisely written, relatively complete short textbook of radiobiology that will be useful to anyone concerned with ionizing radiation, and particularly useful to radiology residents.

Only brief consideration is given to the physical aspects of ionizing radiation before the basic biologic effects are discussed. One of the most technical and longest chapters in the book is concerned with cell-survival, as radiation involves different cells in different environments with different dosages. The confusion of this chapter reflects the confusion of the subject. Radiosensitivity is well presented, first considering modification by oxygen, then as related to cell age and mitosis. The author devotes greatest space to