April 25, 1980

Radiology of the Heart and Great Vessels

Author Affiliations

University of Minnesota Minneapolis


by Robert N. Cooley and Melvyn H. Schreiber, vol 4; 673 pp, 526 illus, $65, Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1978.

JAMA. 1980;243(16):1667-1668. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300420049031

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This completely rewritten and updated book is directed to all radiologists and to radiology residents. Perhaps for this reason, the book does not attempt to provide detailed information on the newer modalities of cardiac imaging. Rather, it deals mainly with roentgenography and cineangiography and only briefly with echocardiography and nuclear scans, although the discussions of the latter are good.

The first seven of the 26 chapters are devoted to the roentgenographic appearance of the acquired and congenital heart diseases. The remaining 19 chapters discuss in detail the pathology of acquired and congenital diseases of the heart and aorta, diseases of the pulmonary vascular system, effects of systemic disease on the heart, cardiac pacemakers, and prosthetic valve replacement; a chapter devoted to trauma to the heart and great vessels is also included. The chapters are well organized and filled with details that even the specialist can appreciate. The standard x-ray film