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Radiation Biophysics (2nd Ed) by E.L. Alpen

Radiation Biophysics, Second Edition  



  • Edward L. Alpen 


  • Hardcover: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 2 edition (January 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0120530856
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.94 pounds



Book Description

This newly revised and updated edition of Radiation Biophysics provides an in-depth description of the physics and chemistry of radiation and its effects on biological systems. Coverage begins with fundamental concepts of the physics of radiation and radioactivity, then progresses through the chemistry and biology of the interaction of radiation with living systems. The Second Edition of this highly praised text includes major revisions which reflect the rapid advances in the field. New material covers recent developments in the fields of carcinogenesis, DNA repair, molecular genetics, and the molecular biology of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. The book also includes extensive discussion of the practical impact of radiation on everyday life.

Key Features
* Covers the fundamentals of radiation physics in a manner that is understandable to students and professionals with a limited physics background
* Includes problem sets and exercises to aid both teachers and students
* Discusses radioactivity, internally deposited radionuclides, and dosimetry
* Analyzes the risks for occupational and non-occupational workers exposed to radiation sources 

Book Info

Univ. of California, Berkeley. Covers various topics ranging from fundamental concepts of radiation biophysics to the interaction and effects of radiation on living systems. For advanced undergraduate and graduate students in radiological sciences and health physics. Previous edition: c1990. 

From the Back Cover

Comprehensive and multidisciplinary, this thoroughly updated and expanded text covers topics ranging from fundamental concepts of radiation biophysics to the interaction and effects of radiation on living systems. Intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in radiological sciences and health physics, this useful reference will also be invaluable to researchers requiring up-to-date information in the radiation sciences. This Second Edition is a major revision and expansion of a widely acclaimed text first published in 1990. This book serves equally well as a shelf reference and as a classroom text.
Key Features:
* Thoroughly revised and updated
* Written by a highly respected member of the field of radiological sciences
* Provides comprehensive coverage of radiation biology and radiation biophysics
* Includes problem sets and suggested additional reading 

About the Author(s)

Edward L. Alpen is the recipient of many awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal of the Department of Defense and the Navy Science Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Science. Dr. Alpen has been listed in Leaders in American Science, Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World of Science, and Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World. Alpen has also been a member of numerous professional societies,including the Bioelectromagnetic Society, the Royal Society of Medicine, the California Academy of Sciences, the Radiation Research Society, and the British Institute of Radiology. Highlights of Alpen’s professional career includes positions as ExecutiveVice President and Chief Technical Officer, Neutron Technology Corporation (1990–1992), Director of the United Kingdom and Ireland Study, Centre of the University of California, London (1988–1990), Chair of the Technical Electronic Products Radiation Safety Standards Commission of the Food and Drug Administration (1977–1980), Director of the Washington State Board of International Trade (1974–1976), Associate Director of the Pacific Northwest Laboratory (1969–1971), and Directorof the Biological and Medical Sciences Division at the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory (1958–1969). Dr. Alpen currently holds concurrent faculty appointments at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco.  



An excellent introduction to Radiation Biophysics, April 1, 2000

This is an excellent book which everyone interested in radiation biophysics must have have read. The book has 16 chapters. In the first 6 the emphasis is on physics. In the following 10 chapters, the models for cell survival and the effect of radiation on tissue structures and organisms are discussed in great detail. A must for anyone interested in and trying to understand the "biological" background of radiation protection and radiotherapy.