December 18, 1967

The Urinary Tract: Roentgen Diagnosis

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by John R. Thornbury and David A. Culp, 431 pp, 557 illus, $13, Chicago: Year Book Medical Publishers, 1967.

JAMA. 1967;202(12):1112. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130250094037

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This fine handbook is essentially a new edition of the 1944 volume by Kerr and Gillies. Thornbury and Culp adhere to the purpose and format of the original, from which they derive one third of their 557 illustrations. They occupy the reader solely with diagnosis. To demonstrate the scope and methods of investigation, they provide a complete inventory of "uroradiographic procedures," each with special reference to indications, planes, and dangers. There is no instruction in the performance of the procedures.

The authors order the material anatomically rather than by categories of disease, exposing the reader to a prolonged view of each organ in all its pathologic variations. Sequential repetition doubtless facilitates learning. The introduction to each topic is followed by page alternation of text and x-ray film reproductions. The text page facing describes the x-ray findings and relates them to clinical data. The text does not overwhelm. It is thorough,