Dimensions: 9. The fourth edition has improvements and updates over the third edition, including the addition of NCRP shielding methodology and ICRP 66 respiratory tract dosimetric model, the discussion of machine sources of radiation, and a revamped chapter on non-ionizing radiation. Health Physics without the physics By Delvan Neville Edit: It had come to my attention that this review is appearing for the 4th edition. Please note that my review pertains to the 3rd edition! Original review: I purchased this book as a required text when I was still an undergrad, for a class in Radiation Protection. Use seconds to get activity in Bq.
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Herman was in the hearts and thoughts of many of us so much of the time—even when we were not using his textbook—that it is difficult to believe he is gone. Because his professional accomplishments have been published previously Brodsky ; Brady , this obituary will focus on the personal characteristics and recollections of this near legendary figure as seen largely through the eyes of a former graduate student and a beloved son-in-law, himself a respected professor in the related field of industrial hygiene, with minor contributions from two old friends and colleagues.
At the time of his death, Herman was still very active in his research and teaching career. His professional contributions to health physics began early in his career and included the important initial experimental research showing that lung cancer in animals can be produced with beta emitters, along with numerous other diverse research accomplishments and unending service to the professions of health physics and industrial hygiene.
Herman began the first graduate health physics program not supported by the federal government at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in , moving to the University of Cincinnati a decade later after receipt of a PhD in biophysics.
After a stint with the International Labor Office in Geneva, he joined the faculty of Northwestern University, where he served for three decades before moving on to Purdue.
He soon published his popular textbook, Introduction to Health Physics, the all-time best-selling book ever published by Pergamon Press, which he continued to update through the fourth edition, published with his former student Tom Johnson in His book has been used throughout the world and by almost every health physicist within the United States as a course text, for preparation for the CHP exams, or as a reference and resource. McAdams Award of the American Academy of Health Physics for his tireless contributions to the examination process, continuing education programs, and as president of the Academy In addition, he was well versed in almost every area of medicine, science, and mathematics and equally well versed in virtually every other area of knowledge as well.
He was a history buff, an opera buff, and indeed a true Renaissance man. He was blessed with an unbelievable memory, remembering the name of every teacher he ever had and even trivial facts about them, such as what type of perfume they wore.
He knew every character in every opera, every Civil War general, and details of all the battles. He could discuss religion on a high intellectual plane with learned priests, rabbis, and imams and cite parts of the Bible on which the discussions centered.
He was an accomplished linguist, learning the language of each of the several countries he visited so that he could speak to natives in their own tongues. His extraordinary intellect notwithstanding, Herman was down to earth, warm, and friendly. He could talk to anyone about anything on any level; waiting in a line, any line—at the airport, the movie theater, the auto license bureau—he would strike up a conversation with his neighbor within seconds.
His ability to get along with everyone and his interests and curiosity about everything lent themselves to one of his well-known quirks—being late to most appointments. In the days before all the current airport security, Herman and his family were known for arriving at the airport on the run, getting there just in time to board before the aircraft door was shut.
Accompanying Herman and Sylvia to dinner after a meeting was an experience in delay. Walking through a lobby on the way to dinner, Herman would stop every few feet to talk with someone who wanted to greet him, and he would never be short with anyone. Herman believed that by applying common things from everyday life—money, sex, or cars—as an analogy, even the most abstract concept could be simply conveyed and explained.
Like many Americans, Herman came from humble beginnings. His father was a coal miner in Europe who emigrated to the United States to escape antisemitism, meeting his wife-to-be on the ship to America in Herman was very much the family man, as a loving and devoted husband for 65 years, a wonderful father to his children Michael and Marilyn, and the best possible grandfather to six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
His independent spirit is demonstrated by his love of bow ties. However unpopular these might be, anyone who recalls him surely will picture him wearing a bow tie. And he was a purist—he never wore one of those clip-on varieties and was one of the few remaining men who could adeptly tie a bow tie. Herman was a most amazing, vital, and energetic individual, with a great sense of humor, and the anecdotes in which he is the central figure are legend. Bored on another day, he climbed into the World War I airplane displayed proudly in the lobby of his high school.
Fortunately, no one was hurt. Perhaps the ultimate Herman story is his interview with CBS for his first professional job after finishing his BS in electrical engineering. After an entire day of grueling interviews with many technical people at CBS, Herman was led into one last office to await a final meeting with a Dr. Having never experienced a professional interview, and with the interviews having gone exceedingly well, Herman logically assumed that this final meeting must be for a physical exam prior to his being offered the job.
Since he was tired and eager to get home, he thought that he would expedite the procedure a bit by getting ready for the exam. So, imagine Dr. Did he get arrested for indecent exposure, or did he get the job? The world of health physics, and indeed the world itself, will be impoverished by his passing.
But the legacy he leaves behind is truly enormous, and we are all far richer for it. References Brodsky A. Health Phys. Brady L. Profiles in radiation protection: Herman Cember. RSO Magazine 10 1 ;
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