Introduction to Health Physics: Fourth Edition

Introduction to Health Physics: Fourth Edition

by Herman Cember, Thomas E. Johnson

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

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
  • Chapter-ending practice problems to solidify your grasp of health physics topics and their real-world application
  • Essential background material on quantitative risk assessment for health-threatening radiation dangers
  • 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: Values of Some Useful Constants, Table of the Elements, The Reference Person, Specific Absorbed Fraction of Photon Energy, and Total Mass Attenuation Coefficients
  • NEW! Essential coverage of non-ionizing radiation-laser and microwaves, computer use in dose calculation, and dose limit recommendations

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071643238
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 05/04/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 768
File size: 61 MB
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About the Author

Herman Cember, PhD, PE is the author of the earlier editions of Introduction to Health Physics. He is a Professor Emeritus in industrial hygiene and radiation health in the Environmental Health Engineering Department at Northwestern University. Dr. Cember is also a Visiting Professor of Health Physics in the School of Health Sciences at Purdue University.

Thomas E. Johnson, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State University.

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 Index

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