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Of the 18 Year Books in the various fields of medicine, all but two concern well-recognized specialties or subspecialties of clinical practice. One of the two mavericks is this newest addition to the family, and its appearance certainly justifies the query—just what is nuclear medicine? This is a legitimate question. I know of no one in the United States whose sole source of income derives from the private office practice of nuclear medicine (although it would be nice to know that such a practitioner exists). There is no American Board of Nuclear Medicine. If you cannot taste it, smell it, or see it, how can you write about it? Marshall Brucer, that venerated but still youthful parent of this foundling, has defined nuclear medicine as "a mixed discipline emphasizing radioisotopes in diagnosis and therapy" ( italics mine), and the contents of this volume bear out these points. Here we find the
Charkes ND. Year Book of Nuclear Medicine,. Arch Intern Med. 1967;119(1):125–126. doi:10.1001/archinte.1967.00290190173022
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