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The development of treatment methods in radiotherapy was earlier mainly based on clinical observations of the positive and negative effects of treatments given to patients. For further improvement of these methods it was found to be of importance to try to find a correlation between this empirically collected experience and detailed knowledge about the radiation dose in organs and tissues of interest in the patient. It is therefore natural that radiotherapists, and later physicists, have given much effort to the clinical dosimetry. Any loose strength in these efforts is hardly to be expected in the nearest future. By using results from scientific experiments in radiobiology as a rational basis for successful clinical work the requirements for an adequate physical description of the absorption of radiation merely tends to increase rather than to decrease.

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