The clinical application of radionuclides to medical care has burgeoned in the past decade. Some 15 years ago, the first edition of Quimby, Fidelberg, and Silver entitled Radioactive Isotopes in Medicine was widely received as an authoritative book and was a forerunner of modern texts in nuclear medicine. As with the second edition, Dr. Silver now encompasses the medical aspects of radioactive nuclides in one volume. The companion text on physics and instrumentation has not yet been published.
Although Dr. Silver makes an attempt to cover the entire field of nuclear medicine, a single-authored text in such a multidisciplined area will undoubtedly be limited by the interest of the author. There is, therefore, considerable emphasis on the thyroid gland and iodine metabolism and adequate coverage of static clinical scintiscanning, but only limited discussion of new radiopharmaceuticals, kinetic analysis, or tracer-method theory. The book contains an exhaustive review of the literature,