The proceeding of the IAEA symposium held in 1978 on nuclear activation techniques in the life sciences are reviewed. A total
of 56 papers are reviewed on methodology, analytical quality control, comparisons between neutron activation analysis and
other methods, and applications of activation analysis in biology and medicine (including in-vivo activation analysis) and
in public and environmental health. The materials analysed in the papers are adjusted in connection with the elements determined
and the purposes of the study. Those elements are tabulated together with the analytical methods used for the element determination.
The standard reference materials analysed for the check of the reliability of analysis are also arranged.