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June 1964

Effects of Ionizing Radiation on the Nervous System.

Arch Neurol. 1964;10(6):640. doi:10.1001/archneur.1964.00460180106016

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This small book is more informative than any other condensed Russian book which the reviewer has seen on this subject. It is divided into two parts: (a) effects of ionizing radiation on the analyzers, ie, viual, auditory, cutaneous, taste, olfactory, vestibular, interoceptive, and pain, and (b) effects of ionizing radiation on the peripheral and central nervous systems.

As expected, the Russian literature is well covered and the Western European and USA literatures are poorly covered. This is anticipated on page 1 when the statement is made, "It is only recently, mainly because of the work of Soviet investigators, that the concept that the nervous system participates in the organism's reaction to ionizing radiation has been accorded its rightful place". This is followed on page 2 by, "The effects of ionizing radiation on the central nervous system were first studied experimentally by Tarkhanov (1896)." Despite this pro-Russian slant, the book is

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