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October 1952

Grundlagen der Strahlentherapie.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;56(4):467. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710020489017

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This book excellently presents a consideration of radiation physics and radiation biology in specific relationship to general radiation therapy. It represents a unified approach to the fundamental principles of radiation therapy which has long been needed.

The first major section of 131 pages is devoted to radiation physics. The remainder of the book considers radiation biology and general radiation therapy.

The portion of the section on radiation physics devoted to the roentgen ray is well done. After a discussion of the nature, production, characteristics, and measurement of the roentgen rays, there is an excellent discussion of their dose distribution in the irradiated subject. The chapter on dose distribution in superficial therapy, medium-voltage therapy, high-voltage therapy, and contact therapy is especially valuable.

The next two sections on radioactive emanations (including natural and artificial radioactivity) and corpuscular rays are not as adequately done. There is no reference to the contributions of Quimby

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