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Radiobiology for the Radiologist Hardcover – Jun 6 2011
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"Radiobiology for the Radiologist 7th edition does an admirable job carrying on the tradition set by its predecessors. It retains the succinct and understandable style that one familiar with older additions would expect while adding color illustrations which will no doubt appeal to many new adopters of the title. Once again, this book can be recommended with no reservation to radiologists in training, graduate students in the biomedical sciences who employ radiation in their research, and all others who are interested in learning foundational information about this fascinating area of science and medicine. " - MedicalScienceBooks.com
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"In 1964, a 38-year-old man, working in a uranium-235 recovery plant, was involved in an accidental nuclear excursion. He received a total-body dose estimated to be about 88 Gy (8,800 rads) made up of 22 Gy (2,200 rads) of neutrons and 66 Gy (6,600 rads) of gamma-rays."
The whole book is like that. The mental intrusion of such frequent parenthetical remarks would be irritating enough in any text, but in this case the conversion from Grays and rads is by a multiple of ten and so the conversion is comically unnecessary. Presumably radiation oncologists, radiologists, and radiobiologists are bright enough to be able to multiply a number by 100 in their heads. It would suffice to state in the front of the book or in an appendix the relationship between Grays and rads, and to make no further mention of rads.
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As other reviewers have mentioned, Hall is very readable despite the deep level of detail he goes into when covering biological processes. Sometimes the professional jargon does become impenetrable to someone not trained in biology, and while Hall is careful to cover the basic physics of radiation interactions I think the book would benefit from a chapter covering biological terminology. His chapters overflow with graphs and charts, which I believe is a good thing, but they can be difficult to interpret as Hall rarely includes error bars on his plots. His chapter summaries are excellent review mechanisms and teaching aids. Finally, each chapter has an extensive bibliography so that the inquisitive student can do further research.
For the diagnostic imaging physicist, the first fifteen chapters are invaluable as a detailed guide to the biological effects of radiation. Hall covers the physics and chemistry of radiation absorption, how radiation affects DNA and cell behavior, the relative biological effects of different radiation modes and environmnet conditions, the deterministic and stochastic effects of radiation, radiation protection methods, and the doses and risks in radiology. The second half of the book is devoted to radiation therapy, which would pertain more to radiation oncologists and radiation therapy physicists.
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