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September 1968

Progress in Atomic Medicine, vol 2.

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Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(3):288-289. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300080096041

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The eight chapters in this volume cover radioimmunoassay of hormones; studies of cardiopulmonary function with the short-lived isotopes 15O, 13N, and 11C, bone marrow scanning, quantitation of red cell and heme kinetics with tracers, radioisotope therapy, advances in scanning, kinetics of metabolic processes, and the physiological changes observed in astronauts. All of the articles except the two dealing with advances in scanning and metabolic kinetics discuss results in terms of clinical observations in health and disease. For this reason the volume represents a summary of recent gains in our knowledge of normal and pathologic physiology.

The longest chapter (surprising, considering the limited scope of most hospital therapy programs) is on isotope therapy. The methodology is available, though, in the form of radiating microspheres, bone-seeking isotopes, and so forth. It is simply awaiting clinicians with imagination and perseverance. I am certain, for example, that phosphorus-32 therapy of disseminated

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