The Physics and Radiobiology of Fast Neutron Beams (MEDICAL SCIENCES SERIES)

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Over fifty years have passed since the first patient was treated with fast neutrons, but this form of therapy is still a matter of bitter dispute. Neutron generators have been installed in many countries and now patients can be treated with equipment that is technically similar to modern megavoltage x-ray equipment.

The Physics and Radiobiology of Fast Neutron Beams presents a full discussion of the physical and radiobiological factors governing the production and use of fast neutron beams for therapy. The book discusses vastly improved neutron generators, advances in the standardization of dosimetric methods, and the specification of radiation quality. In addition, it explores nuclear methods of analysis, particularly neutron activation analysis in vivo. Influencing the place of radiotherapy with neutrons and other heavy particles, the radiobiological factors governing the treatment of cancer with radiation are examined. The author also studies the radiation hazard of neutrons, a matter of importance in the use of neutrons for chemical analysis in vivo.

The Physics and Radiobiology of Fast Neutron Beams will be a valuable introduction to the subject for radiotherapists, medical physicists, radiographers, and radiobiologists new to the field. The book is also a useful summary of current knowledge for those already established in the use of fast neutrons for medical purposes.

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... this book is an excellent review of fast neutron therapy and is recommended as a single source of information that surveys the field.
-Health Physics, Sept. 1990

...recommended for medical physicists and radiation therapists.
-Der Radiologe, 1990

It is an outstanding introduction (to the field), also serving as an up-to-date reference work. ...
-P. Meissner, Essen. Buchbesprechungen, April 1991

I found this book to be well researched and a pleasure to read.
-P.C. Williams, Clinical Oncology, 1991

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