Sept 16, 1968

A Second Portfolio of Chest Radiographs for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students

Author Affiliations

Winston-Salem, NC


by B. T. Le Roux and T. C. Dodds, 444 pp, 339 illus, $11, Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Co., 1968.

JAMA. 1968;205(12):886. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140380090033

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The book is a sequel to A Portfolio of Chest Radiographs, and both books attempt to fuse the clinical and radiologic approaches to chest disease.

An interesting collection of roentgenographic reproductions, organized by a British thoracic surgeon and a British radiographer, is presented to illustrate a text written with sound conservative surgical philosophy. The authors stress basic diagnostic procedures such as routine chest roentgenography, bronchoscopy, and bronchography. The illustrations center on plain films of the chest supplemented with only a few bronchographs, three aortograms, and two pulmonary arteriograms.

In this volume we find described and illustrated some usually unsaid truths, such as the lack of diagnostic value of many isolated routine chest roentgenograms as well as the lack of specificity of some roentgenographic signs. The ambitious undertaking of a description of the pulmonary vasculature in congenital heart disease falls flat, due to a lack of proper angiographic illustrations. A few