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A Fast-neutron Source for Radiotherapy

Naturevolume 199pages923924 (1963) | Download Citation



Lomer and Greene have recently proposed the development of a source of monoenergetic 14-MeV neutrons for radiotherapy1. Berry, Oliver and Porter have commented in the foregoing communication that such neutrons would have too high an energy to give the advantage over X-rays of independence of the biological effect on oxygen concentration which has been found with lower energy neutrons.

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  1. Department of Physics, St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, Charterhouse Square, London, E.C.1

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