October 23, 1926

Roentgen Interpretation. A Manual for Students and Practitioners.

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By George W. Holmes, M.D., Roentgenologist to the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Howard E. Ruggles, M.D., Roentgenologist to the University of California Hospital. Third edition. Cloth. Price, $5. Pp. 326, with 226 illustrations. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1926.

JAMA. 1926;87(17):1414. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680170068036

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This covers a wide field. The early chapters discuss confusing shadows, artefacts and anatomic variations, continuing with fractures and bone diseases. The later chapters describe chest, gastro-intestinal and genito-urinary conditions. The last chapter deals with fluoroscopic technic, with especial emphasis on safety factors. The subject matter is well presented. The method of giving first a general outline and then discussing special organs and diseases causes a repetition of statements, but this serves to bring out forcibly the conclusions of the authors. They are to be commended for not wasting half the book by a description of obsolete apparatus. There are numerous illustrations, but more could be added to advantage, preferably reversed back to the original film. More tracings such as appear in chapter IX would greatly enhance its value. The book lives up to its preface, presenting a rather brief but excellent survey of the field of roentgenray diagnosis, and

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