Physicists and Physicians
A History of Medical Physics from the Renaissance to Röntgen

In this book, Professor Francis Duck has written a fascinating story of the origins of medical physics. It starts in Renaissance Italy and ends with the discovery of x-rays, as modern medical  physics emerges. The book is a celebration of the lives and contributions of those who knew that the principles of physics are essential to clinical medicine.

The stories of biomechanics, medical electricity, physiological measurement, physiological optics and bioenergetics are all told. The French Revolution forged them into a single discipline. The subsequent impact on medical education is recounted. National characteristics are shown to have affected the spread of medical physics to Germany, England, Scotland and eventually the USA.

The book includes 94 figures showing historical portraits, instruments and documents. It includes mini-biographies of 100 scientists and doctors and cites over 400 historical references. Previously untold, much of the material has been recovered from otherwise unpublished archive documents. It is a story of extraordinary people, each striving to apply their knowledge of physics in order to lift clinical medicine from its historical state of ignorance, guesswork and precedent.

 "Physicists keen on history will not be disappointed by the depth of research or the wealth of fascinating material." Book review, Physics World.

 

 "An excellent and approachable work for any scientist or doctor interested in medical physics or any person wishing to know how physics has advanced the practice of modern medicine". Book review, Australian Physics.

 

 

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Published 2013
310 pages, Paperback
IPEM Members: £ 24.50  (plus P&P UK £3.75, overseas £10.00)
Non Members:   £ 35.00  (plus P&P UK £3.75, overseas £10.00)

 

The Gamma Camera : A Comprehensive Guide

 

In this book Professor Richard Lawson has brought together much of the material that he has used in over 30 years of teaching nuclear medicine to medical physicists, doctors, technicians and radiographers. It covers in depth everything that anyone working in nuclear medicine might wish to know about the operation of a gamma camera. There is much greater detail than can be found in general nuclear medicine textbooks, and indeed there are some concepts and explanations that are not to be found in any other book but which Richard has found to be helpful to his students over the years.
The book starts with a historical overview of the development of the gamma camera and then explains the operation of individual designs, from the basic Anger camera to modern solid state cameras. It continues with chapters on quality control, data acquisition.

"We believe that a copy of this book should be made available in every nuclear medicine department." Book review, EJNMMI.

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Published 2013
296 pages
ISBN 978 1 903613 53 5
IPEM Members: £ 31.50 (plus P&P)
Non Members: £ 45.00 (plus P&P)

 

Physical Properties of Tissue: A Comprehensive Reference Book

 

This comprehensive data book, covering the physical properties of a wide range of normal tissues, was originally published in 1990, but has been out of print for many years. The IPEM has decided to make this unique book available in a print-on-demand version. It contains a total of 138 tables of the physical properties of tissue, including thermal, optical, acoustic (including ultrasonic), mechanical, dielectric and magnetic (including NMR) and those of ionizing radiations. Appendices on tissue pH and normal blood flow are included. For each property, values for body fluids, soft tissues and bone are included, together with predictive formulae and information on tissue mimics Dependencies on temperature, donor age, in-vivo or in-vitro state, constituents such as fat and water, time after death and state of fixation are given. The data is fully supported by extensive references. Since its publication, new studies have largely served to improve knowledge on normal ranges or have explored a particular property over a wider range of radiation or tissue type. The extensive range of values tabulated in this book remains valid, however, since it was originally selected from well-performed experiments, giving a reliable basic resource to which new observations continue to be added.

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Published 2012
346 pages (Facsimile Reprint)
ISBN 978 1 903613 50 4
IPEM Members: £ 24.50 (plus P&P)
Non Members: £ 35.00 (plus P&P)

 

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