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November 1950

Röntgen- und Radiumphysik für Mediziner.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1950;86(5):792-793. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230170145019

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This, to my knowledge, is the first textbook on radiation physics published in Germany since World War II. As expressed in the title, the book is intended for both the medical student and the practicing physician. This is implied by the German term Mediziner, for which, unfortunately (just as for the generic term Arzt), the English language still lacks a satisfactory equivalent. Although the volume is concise, the treatment of the subject is comprehensive and covers not only the historical and theoretic aspects but also the practical problems relative to roentgen ray diagnosis and therapy. In addition to special chapters on these practical problems, the book contains chapters on radiation and matter; natural and artificial radioactivity; properties, effects and measurement of radiant energy; primary action on the cell by ionization, and protection against irradiation. A special appendix contains (and explains) the relevant mathematical calculations and formulas, concluding with a

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