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  • Hardcover: 556 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 7 edition (June 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608311937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608311934
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 18.7 x 26.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Pier-Yves on Feb. 18 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm a medical physists in radiation therapy aiming at a specialisation in radiobiology. Excellent book to get started on that subject, recommanded by most people in my department. For some chapters the reader needs a proper background on molecular biology, but overall the explaination are very insightful, even for a novice.
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By A Customer on Sept. 23 2003
Format: Hardcover
Yes, this book covers the important topics, and overall it is pretty readable, but I wish the editors had not felt compelled to convert every single mention of Grays into rads. For example, here is a passage from the book:
"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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Not only is this book the gold standard, but it is eminently readable. It "sticks". Having seen Dr. Hall lecture I can appreciate how his text reads very much like his class lectures. Makes a topic that a radiation oncologist might find odious rather enjoyable, without sacrificing high standards and scholarly quality.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Essential for Radiobiology/Radiation Oncology May 19 2003
By SEW - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Not only is this book the gold standard, but it is eminently readable. It "sticks". Having seen Dr. Hall lecture I can appreciate how his text reads very much like his class lectures. Makes a topic that a radiation oncologist might find odious rather enjoyable, without sacrificing high standards and scholarly quality.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Missing Figures in Kindle Edition Jan. 28 2012
By John B Fiveash - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This review is for the Kindle edition only. I have purchased two prior hard cover editions of this book and looked forward to the 7th edition on my Kindle and iPad. The Kindle edition is missing some of the figures in several of the chapters. I confirmed this on my Mac as well. Editor needs to fix this.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Still missing figures from chapters 5 and 6 March 19 2012
By phahn50 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a great book - I have most editions, but the Kindle edition, which i was looking forward to is still missing the figures from two chapters. Most of the rest are here, and I can probably look them up in the earlier editions, but it shouldn't be this way.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
MIssing the Figures and Equations from Several Chapters April 22 2012
By Stacy Philippou - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This would be a great book if they actually included the Figures and Equations. Everyone seems to be waiting for the developers to issue an update. So be warned, if you need this material the current kindle version is a very poor representation of the actual text.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HOW RADIATION INTERACTS WITH YOU April 8 2009
By Alexander Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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Hall's sixth edition of RADIOBIOLOGY FOR THE RADIOLOGIST was the text I used for a course on radiobiology. I am a diagnostic imaging physicist and I highly recommend Hall's book for other medical physicists. Aside from the NCRP and BEIR reports, Hall is the go-to source for the biological effects of radiation. It is directed more towards cancer therapy, with every section pointing towards the use of radiation to attack cancer cells. Hall covers the biological effects of radiation in the first half and covers radiation therapy explicitly in the second half.

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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