December 5, 1977

The Radiology of Skeletal Disorders: Exercise in Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

University of Iowa Hospitals Iowa City


4 vol, Ronald O. Murray and Harold G. Jacobson, ed 2; 2,036 pp, with illus, np, New York, Churchill Livingstone, 1977.

JAMA. 1977;238(23):2544. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280240090037

Undoubtedly the quality, scope, and innovative method of presentation place these volumes among the best texts on skeletal radiology. More appropriately, they probably deserve the title of "the standard references."

More than 4,000 illustrations reproduced in an unbelievably superb fashion attest to the comprehensive coverage of almost any skeletal disorder one could imagine. Despite this encyclopedic scope, the volumes remain remarkably easy to read and study.

The unorthodox format combines elements of programmed instruction, conventional text, and self-assessment examinations that keep the reader constantly and actively participating as the current concepts in radiology unfold. Each section begins with a series of relatively large and expertly reproduced roentgenograms. These and a brief sentence about the clinical history constitute more than 1,000 unknown diagnostic problems. Subsequent pages contain answers and superbly written discussions of the conditions depicted in the quizzes. Many supporting photographs appropriately numbered to correspond to the unknowns contain captions