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Book and Media Reviews
June 1, 2011

The Sorcerer's Apprentice: How Medical Imaging Is Changing Health Care

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Radiology, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts (sarah.bixby@childrens.harvard.edu).

JAMA. 2011;305(21):2233-2234. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.733

In The Sorcerer's Apprentice, authors Bruce Hillman and Jeff Goldsmith illustrate the sensational capabilities of modern medical imaging and explain the process through which imaging costs and utilization can spin out of control. Over the span of 250 pages (mainly text with scattered images), the authors educate readers on the medical indications for imaging, the history of imaging and critical innovations responsible for its development, the continually advancing technology of imaging, the increasing costs of imaging, and the economic and political consequences of these costs. The information is current and presented without significant bias or judgment. Hillman and Goldsmith have conducted extensive background research and acknowledge a broad assortment of individuals who provided information, including sources in technology, academics, business, and industry.

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