Summary Comments from a Physicist

  • Dudley T. Goodhead
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 54)


In considering the mechanisms of radiation damage to DNA and final cellular effect, it should be the primary task of the physicists to describe the initial physical insult to a sufficient degree of accuracy so that all relevant chemical and later processes can be followed through to their cellular consequences. Formally, the physicists’ task should then be done and the problem can be handed over to the chemists, biochemists and biologists. But, of course, the physicists need knowledge of these later effects so that they can provide, and refine, their description in the best ways.


Track Structure Relevant Chemical Track Code Current Scientific Knowledge Radiation Track 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dudley T. Goodhead
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  1. 1.Medical Research Council Radiobiology UnitChilton, DidcotUK

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