The risks of medical radiation are insidious, yet its values are spectacular. The means by which these risks can be minimized are, therefore, of utmost importance. The whole medical profession needs the fullest possible understanding by which the risks can be evaluated and the benefits obtained with the least possible damage, especially to future generations. Such were the considerations discussed at the Mid-Western Conference on Genetics, Radiobiology, and Radiology, May 2, 1958, as one of three regional conferences requested by the Committee on Radiobiology and authorized by the National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council.
The book under review presents a transcript of proceedings of the one-day conference. Participants included four professors of genetics, four professors of radiobiology, and twenty-one professors of radiology. The forenoon sessions were devoted to the viewpoints of geneticists and radiobiologists, with special attention to genetics and the mechanisms of mutational damage. In the afternoon, the