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Biologie des Radiums und der radioaktiven Elemente

Nature volume 130, page 383 (10 September 1932) | Download Citation



SEVERAL books have been written on the biological effects produced by the radiations from radioactive bodies, and they have presented the chief characteristic changes in living things in the relationship of such changes to the main issues of radiological treatment. It is fairly generally admitted now that although the main effect of the radiations is a direct one upon the tissues immediately irradiated, other effects are produced in an indirect way which may be of great importance in the final result of any radiological exposure. The aim of the authors in this exhaustive work (another volume is foreshadowed) is to present these biological effects from an entirely different point of view, and about two-thirds of the present volume is devoted to the description of elaborate methods of estimating the effects of the rays on vegetable life. It is only when p. 640 is reached that the animal kingdom receives attention, and even in this section the authors give their fullest consideration to the types of biological change that are most conspicuous in plant life, namely, those which regulate respiratory exchange.

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