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.
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
Introduction: A Historical Perspective.
Quantities and Units and Definitions.
Interaction of Radiation with Matter.
Energy Transfer Processes.
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.
Alpen, Edward L.
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.