Experience has shown that an introductory survey of the field is a good point of departure for a course of lectures. As radiation biology is an interdisciplinary subject, a careful consideration of its meaning and scope is, therefore, even more important than in other fields. Chemistry, for example, is clearly defined as the science of elements and their laws of combination and behaviour. A student of this subject acquires fairly clear ideas of the nature of chemistry, and these require few alterations later on. This is not the case with radiation biology, although at first sight it may seem clearly defined as the science of the biological action of radiation. The teaching of this subject is also different; like many other interdisciplinary subjects, it cannot be studied for a first degree. Students entering the field of radiation biology after the completion of their first degree find its complexity rather baffling at first; this applies even to pure science students. A physicist, for example, having been taught in a systematic manner, will now find that in radiation biology there are few standard textbooks to help him to become familiar with the subject.
KeywordsElectron Spin Resonance Radiation Damage Pulse Radiolysis Temporal Stage Radiation Biology
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