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Introduction to Health Physics: Fourth Edition

Introduction to Health Physics: Fourth Edition
Author: Herman Cember - Thomas Johnson
ISBN 13: 9780071423083
ISBN 10: 71423087
Edition: 4
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education / Medical
Publication Date: 2008-08-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 864
List Price: $99.00

A dynamic, all-inclusive overview of the field of health physics

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If it's an important topic in the field of health physics, you'll find it in this trusted text . . . in sections on physical principles, atomic and nuclear structure, radioactivity, biological effects of radiation, and instrumentation. This one-of-a-kind guide spans the entire scope of the field and offers a problem-solving approach that will serve you throughout your career.


  • A thorough overview of need-to-know topics, from a review of physical principles to a useful look at the interaction of radiation with matter
  • More than 380 "Homework Problems" and 175+ "Example Problems"
  • Essential background material on quantitative risk assessment for radiation exposure
  • Authoritative radiation safety and environmental health coverage that supports the International Commission on Radiological Protection's standards for specific populations
  • High-yield appendices to expand your comprehension of chapter material
  • NEW! Essential coverage of non-ionizing radiation, lasers and microwaves, computer use in dose calculation, and dose limit recommendations

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Reviewer:Parham Alaei, PhD(University of Minnesota School of Medicine)
Description:This is the fourth edition of the classic health physics textbook, first published in 1969, that provides a general overview of relevant topics in health physics and radiation safety.
Purpose:The main purpose is "to lay the groundwork for attaining technical competency in health physics." The fourth edition has incorporated "changes in the practice of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation safety" as well as those in "the methods for demonstrating compliance with the safety standards" that have occurred since the third edition (1996). The book is well organized and well written and has updated information such as the new NCRP and ICRP methodologies.
Audience:According to the authors, the book is intended for health physics students as well as environmental health and radiation workers. It can definitely be considered a good introductory health physics book for health and medical physics students. In addition, it can be used as a reference by practicing health or medical physicists.
Features:The 14 chapters review the basic physics principles, radiation sources, and interactions, and provide an introduction to radiation dosimetry, radiation biology, and instrumentation. It also covers radiation safety principles and radiation measurement methods, and non-ionizing radiation safety. Each chapter contains many examples with solutions and ends with a summary, a set of problems (with answers at the end of the book), and a list of suggested readings. There hasn't been a substantial change in the quality and quantity of figures, some of which could have been updated or improved.
Assessment:Overall, this is a good introductory health physics book for students in health and medical physics and could be used as a study guide and reference by health and medical physicists. The fourth edition has improvements and updates over the third edition, including the addition of NCRP 147 shielding methodology and ICRP 66 respiratory tract dosimetric model, the discussion of machine sources of radiation, and a revamped chapter on non-ionizing radiation.