March 27, 1987

Diagnostic Patient Studies in Surgery

Author Affiliations

Louisiana State University Medical Center Shreveport

Louisiana State University Medical Center Shreveport


by Bernard Sigel, 449 pp, with illus, $60, Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1986.

JAMA. 1987;257(12):1655-1656. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390120117042

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The first question I asked myself after receiving this text to review was: Is there a true need for a book devoted entirely to diagnostic studies, especially since there are entire texts available devoted to material presented in each chapter? The answer is "yes." This textbook provides a foundation for the surgical clinician to become literate in the field of diagnostic patient studies.

After reading this text, the reader will have a better understanding of the principles and pitfalls of most diagnostic tests and will be able to put the "surprising" test result into clinical perspective. For example, after reading the chapters on imaging (ultrasound, radionuclide scanning, and computed tomography), the reader will have an appreciation of the relative efficiencies and limitations of each of these techniques, and can decide which of these imaging tests should be ordered first on a particular patient.

The format of this textbook is straightforward