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May 1960

Diagnostic Radioisotopes.

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By Charles A. Owen Jr. Price, $15.75. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1959.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(5):823. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270170161029

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Books of this kind usually contain two main topics, physical aspects of radioisotopes and their clinical applications. It is not always easy to decide how much of the two the author should give his readers so that they may get a rounded understanding of the whole subject. This is a book which deals with the clinical applications in more detail than with the physical phenomena of isotopes. There are people in this field who want to know what radiobiological effects result from the introduction of ionizing radiation into the human body and what happens behind the flickering scintillations on the instrument panels. While such people may deplore the simplification or omission of such topics as the operation of counters, interaction of radiation and matter, radiation protection, decontamination procedures, etc., they should realize that it is the author's intent that clinical procedures and interpretation, particularly the diagnostic aspect of the radioisotopes,

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