This symposium is an authoritative collection of papers presented by men prominent in the field of radioisotopes in medicine and biology. Important uses of isotopes in biology and medicine are adequately covered in not too lengthy chapters. Use of isotopes as tracers in protein, fat, carbohydrate and mineral metabolism is discussed in some detail. The present status of radioiodine in the study of thyroid physiology and treatment of hyperthyroidism is well covered. The uses of radiophosphorus in the treatment of certain blood diseases, as well as the application of numerous other isotopes as diagnostic aids in health and disease, are presented.
Of great importance to the physician are the sections dealing with the production and availability of isotopes, the proper methods of handling and measuring them and the necessary safeguards against the health hazards in connection with their use.
Finally, there are papers discussing the international, political, and social aspects