I'm starting the PgDip Therapeutic Radiography at London South Bank University in September and I wanted to get some existing TR students advice on textbooks. I've already asked LSBU about this and they won't let on about any recommended books until induction week!! Annoying, especially as I have spare time this month so I can start looking at stuff.
I've just bought Walter & Miller's today as I managed to find someone selling it for £30 which I thought was an opportunity too good to pass up considering it's normally £80... I had concerns about this one as it's nearly 7 years old now and I imagine a lot might be a bit outdated now in such a fast moving field, but then the fundamental science should still be fine......
I'd really appreciate any thoughts from you guys on other textbooks you've found to be useful for your TR courses.
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- Thread Starter
- 04-08-2009 16:30
- 04-08-2009 21:25
Well it does depend from course to course, but here's some of my favourites:
Walter & Millers Textbook of Radiotherapy (5th Edition is the current) - this is the bible for us really, so a good one to get first yeah The current one is 2003; it's still pretty ok in terms of how modern it is).
Practical Radiotherapy Planning (Dobbs, Barrett, Morries & Roques) FOURTH EDITION!!! This came out in June 2009 and it's bang up to date and FAR superior to the Third Edition (which was Dobbs, Barrett & Ash) so honestly MAKE SURE to get the 4th Edition, you won't regret it. The old edition was released in 1999 and in this case it didn't cover a lot of the newer techniques which is especially important for the more clinical nature of this book. Walter & Millers has a lot more of general theory which is valid no matter what really. Anyway it looks like this - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Practical-Ra.../dp/0340927739 and is amazing. You might not use it much at first, but it's honestly the best thing since sliced bread once you get into clinical placement.
Cancer & Its Management by Souhami & Tobias (2005) is a good one too, grey book, 5th Edition IIRC. Just helps to supplement a lot of what is in Walter & Millers.
For Physics there's a book called... errr.. Principles of Radiological Physics I think it was by Graham, that's quite a good one, but it does cover diagnostics too.
Also Practical Radiotherapy Physics & Equipment by Cherry & Duxbury. A new edition is due but hasn't surfaced yet :s
An anatomy book of some kind, but you can hold off on this and I'd probably wait to see what your uni recommend. I have Marieb & Hoehn myself, current edition. I like that it came with a disc.
The good thing about the course is that you don't need to buy lots and lots of textbooks as you go through and I'm sure your library will have more specialised texts for specific things (e.g. if you had an assignment about a specific cancer rather than something more general, I'd just get a book out for a bit).
I'm at Sheffield Hallam, these are mostly books that have been on our reading list, but in the case of Dobbs, Barrett, Morris & Roques, it was recommended by the staff where I'm on placement!
I also got a book called the TNM Atlas. This is a personal thing, and again just a decent reference book for when on clinical placement as it has diagrams and descriptions illustrating the different stages for each type of cancer (TNM is, essentially 'the' staging system for describing how far advanced a cancer is, and each stage is different for different types of cancer).
And the last thing I got that is useful is some Gray's Anatomy Flash Cards. The thing about the anatomy I've found I need to know is for describing where we're treating in relation to other things; so I needed some nice, clear diagrams that illustrated for example vertebral levels in relation to other organs. My uni wasn't so good at teaching the anatomy this year though they are including a dedicated anatomy module in the coming year so that will get better.
Hope this helpsLast edited by suek; 04-08-2009 at 21:28.
- 05-08-2009 09:49
The Clinical Oncology book by Neal and Hoskin is also really good- I have the new edition (fourth edition) and also the Radiotherapy in Practice-External Beam Therapy by Hoskin, a lot of the doctors refer to this book
- 05-08-2009 14:35
Oh yeah I got Neal & Hoskin's out of the library earlier this year; it was a very good book
- Thread Starter
- 06-08-2009 15:30
Thanks so much guys for taking the time to reply, that's really helpful. I'll start having a look at the ones you've suggested, glad Walter & Miller's is still OK!
I've been following the radiography threads on here quite a bit in the last few months and have spotted quite a lot of posts from you guys which I can't thank you for enough, it's so useful to hear thoughts from people who are actually studying at the moment to get a feel for the highs and lows - really hope everything's going well for you both. I'm pretty excited about getting started now, it's going to be intense I know but I'm really looking forward to getting my teeth back into studying, and I'm really looking forward to the placements. Once I get started I'll try and be as useful as you guys were to me and post on here when I can to help others!
Thanks again guys