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Cobalt Blues

The Story of Leonard Grimmett, the Man Behind the First Cobalt-60 Unit in the United States

Almond, Peter R.

2013, XVIII, 158 p.

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  • Leonard Grimmett's full story is now told for the first time
  • Covers the history of the development of the cobalt-60 radiotherapy treatment units
  • Describes the differences between the Oak Ridge graphite reactor and the Canadian Chalk River reactor and their capabilities for producing suitable cobalt-60 sources
  • Describes the various individuals involved and their interactions and how this has led to the development of one of the world's largest cancer centers and one of the world's largest medical physics programs

For the latter half of the 20th century, cobalt-60 units were the mainstay of radiation treatments for cancer. Cobalt Blues describes the development of the first cobalt-60 unit in the United States and the man behind it, Leonard Grimmett. Conceptually conceived before World War II, it only became possible because of the development of nuclear reactors during the war.

Although Grimmett conceived of and published his ideas first, the Canadians built the first units because of the capability of their reactor to produce more suitable cobalt-60 sources. This book tells the story of how Grimmett and others came together at the time that the U S Atomic Energy Agency was pushing the use of radioactivity in medicine. Due to his sudden death, very little information about Grimmett was known until recently, when various documents have come to light, allowing the full story to be told.

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Keywords » Cobalt-60 Teletherapy Unit - Leonard Grimmett - Leonard Grimmett scientific biography - Medical application of Cobalt-60 - Medical physics history - Radiation Oncology history - cobalt-60 units scientific biography - radiation treatment for cancer

Related subjects » Applied & Technical Physics - Cancer Research - History of Science - Radiology

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