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Chichester, England: Wiley, 1996. 8 volumes. Call number: REF QC762.E56 1996

This ambitious eight-volume set commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the first observations of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) in 1945. Details of various techniques and applications, plus historical details, are gathered together into one collection of volumes. They span introductory to advanced levels of knowledge on the topic.

Volume 1 is devoted to a history of the subject and its workers. Volumes 2-8 present a "reasonably comprehensive" selection of topics: medical diagnosis, imaging of various organs (including heart, lung, liver, brain, kidney, etc.) and body regions, and an extensive section on tumors. It is an invaluable reference source for anyone studying NMR spectroscopy and the use of superconducting magnets in magnetic resonance imaging. There are also separate listings for infant development and organ studies.

Articles have been systematically arranged under the following five technical areas: Inorganic applications, Physics applications, Biological applications, Instrumentation and Organic applications, and Biomedical applications. The complete outline appears at the beginning of volumes 2-8. A particular topic can be found either directly by turning to the appropriate place in the encyclopedia, or from the Subject Index in volume 8.

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