Human Radiation Injury, edited by Dennis C. Shrieve and Jay S. Loeffler, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2010, 560 pages, hardcover.

According to the Preface, the book Human Radiation Injury was initially conceived as a reference source for radiation oncologists. However, the editors subsequently decided to take on the daunting task of creating the book for an audience comprised of radiation oncologists as well as “all involved in the study and use of ionizing radiation” and “those involved in policy making affecting medical, industrial or military uses of ionizing radiation.” While their intentions should be applauded, it is difficult to imagine that anyone could be successful in creating a single book that could address the needs of such a wide audience that, by definition, will consist of M.D.s and/or Ph.D.s and others with very diverse backgrounds in the radiation sciences, working in academic clinical...

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