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Ultrasonic Energy: Biological Investigations and Medical Applications

Robert G. Combs, PhD
JAMA. 1966;195(9):791-792. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100090125047.
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The book is a collection of papers taken from the Symposium on Ultrasound in Biology and Medicine held in June 1962 at the University of Illinois, and includes an edited transcript of the discussions which followed the papers. As the subtitle indicates, the subject matter is divided into two broad but fairly distinct areas. The first, biological investigations, deals mainly with the effects of ultrasound on biological material, while "medical application" is practically synonymous with diagnostic procedure.

The book is not suitable for a beginner in the field of ultrasound, because a specialized knowledge of terminology, technique, and equipment is necessary to understand the presentations. There are no basic papers to allow the reader to "get his feet wet" before jumping into deep water, although some advanced papers, such as Leichner's on "Concepts of Electronic Design for Precision Ultrasonic Lesions," are available.

In spite of the higher-than-basic tone of the


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