May 31, 1976

An Atlas of Anatomy Basic to Radiology

Author Affiliations

Long Beach, Calif


by Isadore Meschan, 1,131 pp, 978 illus, $55, Canada $58.30, Philadelphia, Saunders, 1975.

JAMA. 1976;235(22):2436. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260480054043

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A just evaluation of this encyclopedic work requires an understanding that it is an atlas of anatomy basic to radiology. As such, it describes the basic principles of many areas of a rapidly expanding subject. Radiologists particularly interested in specific subspecialties may quarrel with the author about some details and regret the lack of others. However, if one considers that an interpretation of any radiograph includes a knowledge of anatomy of the area, a knowledge of the manner in which the radiograph was made, and an ability to identify the structures on the radiograph, then the purpose of the book has been admirably met.

The first three chapters deal with equipment and circuitry, protective measures, and the development of bone and maturation factors. They, perhaps, are written too simply for the recently trained, practicing radiologist. However, they may serve as a review and an introduction for firstyear residents in radiology.