Introduction to Health Physics: Fourth Edition: Fourth Edition by Herman CemberIntroduction to Health Physics: Fourth Edition: Fourth Edition by Herman Cember

Introduction to Health Physics: Fourth Edition: Fourth Edition

byHerman Cember, Thomas E. Johnson

Paperback | July 25, 2008

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

A Doody's Core Title for 2011!

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
Herman Cember, PhD, is Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Thomas E. Johnson, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.
Title:Introduction to Health Physics: Fourth Edition: Fourth EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:864 pages, 9 × 7.3 × 1.25 inPublished:July 25, 2008Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071423087

ISBN - 13:9780071423083

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Review of Physical Principles

3. Atomic and Nuclear Structure

4. Radiation Sources

5. Interaction of Radiation with Matter

6. Radiation Dosimetry

7. Biological Basis for Radiation Safety

8. Radiation Safety Guides

9. Health Physics Instrumentation

10. External Radiation Safety

11. Internal Radiation Safety

12. Criticality

13. Evaluation of Radiation Safety Measures

14. Nonionizing Radiation Safety

Appendix A: Values of Some Useful Constants

Appendix B: Table of the Elements

Appendix C: The Reference Person Overall Specifications

Appendix D: Source in Bladder Contents

Appendix E: Total Mass Attenuation Coefficients

Appendix F: Mass Energy Absorption Coefficients

Answers to Problems


Editorial Reviews

"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."--Doody's Review Service