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June 6, 1980

The Heritage of Nuclear Medicine

JAMA. 1980;243(21):2235. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300470095049

This book, published by the Society of Nuclear Medicine to commemorate its 25th anniversary, includes a compendium of some of the most important scientific papers leading to the development of nuclear medicine. The introduction by Marshall Brucer traces the important events that have been responsible for the growth of nuclear medicine, from the work of Prout on atomic weight in 1815 to the formation of the Society of Nuclear Medicine in 1954. The overview is written in the same interesting and easy-to-read style that Dr Brucer uses in his Vignettes in Nuclear Medicine series.

Most of the volume is made up of the 31 papers selected by a distinguished panel of nuclear medicine scientists. These papers cover many significant discoveries that provide the fundamental background for the development of modern nuclear medicine. (Those papers originally published in another language have been translated into English.) With these papers their authors received