Radiation Biophysics

Radiation Biophysics

2nd Edition - October 10, 1997

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  • Author: Edward Alpen
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080540207
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780120530854

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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


Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in radiological science, biophysics, and nuclear engineering departments; students in DOE courses, and health physics or medical physics courses that require certification training; medical residents in radiology, radiation oncology, and nuclear medicine departments; researchers and professionals working in these fields

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: A Historical Perspective
    Quantities and Units and Definitions
    Electromagnetic Radiation
    Interaction of Radiation with Matter
    Energy Transfer Processes
    Radiation Chemistry
    Theories and Models, Cell Survival
    Survival Curve and Its Significance
    Modification of Radiation Response
    Radiation Biology of Normal and Neoplastic Tissue Systems
    Late Effects of Radiation on Normal Tissues--Non Stochastic Effects
    Stochastic Effects--Radiation Carcinogenesis
    Stochastic Effects, Genetic Effects of Ionizing Radiation
    High LET Radiation Effects
    Metabolism and Biological Effects of Deposited Radionuclides
    Radiation Exposure from Natural Background and other Sources

Product details

  • No. of pages: 520
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1997
  • Published: October 10, 1997
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080540207
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780120530854

About the Author

Edward Alpen

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

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