Medical Effects of Ionizing Radiation / Edition 3

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The new edition of this popular monograph features renowned experts who offer the most current information and reliable guidance on the effects of radiation exposure. They provide all the answers you need to effectively treat your patients who have been exposed to accidental, occupational, or medical radiation. Using the newest data on the molecular and genetic basis of radiation carcinogenesis, the authors offer in-depth coverage of the risks of cancer, genetic impairment, and other forms of damage caused by radiation exposure.

• Covers all aspects of the effects of radiation on humans from basic physics and chemistry to perception and acceptance of risk to hormesis to the latest data on radiation exposure, offering you well-rounded coverage of this complex field.
• Offers extensive references at the end of each chapter for further reading.
• Presents an easy-to-read writing style coupled with numerous tables, charts, and illustrations to make complex concepts easier to understand and absorb.

• Incorporates the latest information on risk estimates and the effects on varying radiation doses on specific organ systems to help you better answer questions from patients who are considering or undergoing radiation treatment.
• Features expanded topics on the molecular and genetic basis of radiation carcinogenesis keeping you current on how best to treat your patients and avoid complications.
• Includes the newest information on legal issues so you can better understand the legal implications of radiation exposure.
• Provides updated coverage on the effects of radiation in pregnant women to help you understand the unique needs of this patient group, including the effects on the in-utero central nervous system.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Jerome Paul Jones, Ph.D.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This detailed review of the effects of ionizing radiation on humans points out many helpful details and approaches the subject from different directions. Two previous editions have been published, the most recent 13 years ago.
Purpose: This is a source book for professionals interested in the effects of ionizing radiation upon humans — an important topic with the increasing use of x-rays in medicine. It is widely encompassing in its breadth of material, but also very detailed in its discussions. Readers will be able to find most any topic on radiation exposure of humans and read a detailed discussion of current thinking on it.
Audience: The authors, who are well known authorities on radiation effects, say the book is for professionals interested in effects of ionizing radiation on humans, with physicians, nurses, physicists, allied health professionals, and medicolegal lawyers are listed as audiences. For readers who have a good background in radiation biophysics, the book is detailed, well written, and enjoyable. Readers lacking this background may find the book overpowering.
Features: The book looks at the effects of ionizing radiation in small and large amounts, from all sources we know of. Extensive references are cited and the state-of-the-art is discussed in detail. Some of the presentations are particularly well done, such as the example on page 85 which illustrates how high correlation does not imply cause/effect, figure 6-27 summarizing effects, and table 8-5 on the risks of pregnancy. I was disappointed at the lack of a special discussion on CT scanning. There are few equations, but the one on page 20 omits a term. Also included are a glossary, list of references, and several useful appendixes of reference materials.
Assessment: The authors have provided this justified update because of the improved understanding of radiation effects in the years since the previous edition was published. This book gathers together information from many sources to explain and illustrate the concepts and approaches used in assessing the medical effects of ionizing radiation, whether diagnostic, therapeutic, occupational, background, or accidental. I know of no other book with such wide coverage and detailed discussions.
From the Publisher
“…This book is highly recommended to all health professionals as an up-to-date and comprehensive discussion of the effects of radiation on humans and is an excellent addition to any radiologist’s library.” —American Journal of Roentgenology, review of the 2nd edition.

"The authors have provided this justified update because of the improved understanding of radiation effects in the years since the previous edition was published. I know of no other book with such wide coverage and detailed discussions." -Doody Enterprises Inc., 2008

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721602004
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/16/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 517
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Basic Radiation Physics, Chemistry, and Biology

2. Sources of Radiation Exposure

3. Effects on Genetic Material

4. Cancer Induction and Dose-Response Models

5. Carcinogenesis of Specific Organ Sites

6. Deterministic Effects of Radiation

7. Effects of Radiation in Combination with Other Agents

8. Radiation Exposure In Utero

9. Uranium, Plutonium, and Radium

10. Attribution of Radiation Effects and Probability of Causation in an Individual

11. Perception and Acceptance of Risk

12. Hormesis

Appendix I Glossary

Appendix II Radiation Source Term Tables

Appendix III Conversion Tables

Appendix IV Dose from Radionuclides

Appendix V Gamma Ray Constants

Appendix VI SOMA Toxicity Tables


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