December 27, 1985

Diagnostic Imaging in Internal Medicine

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical School Chicago


by Ronald L. Eisenberg, 1,015 pp, with illus, $85, New York, McGraw-Hill International Book Co, 1985.

JAMA. 1985;254(24):3481. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360240095044

Perhaps no specialty in medicine is evolving as rapidly as radiology. In the past five years, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), digital subtraction angiography, and positron emission tomography, along with significant improvements in ultrasound, computed tomography, and nuclear medicine technology, have revolutionized noninvasive imaging. Similarly dramatic changes have occurred in interventional radiology with the development of percutaneous biliary and renal drainage, abscess and pseudocyst drainage, transluminal angioplasty, and dilatation of gastrointestinal strictures.

To the author's credit, this explosion of new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques is smoothly and intelligently integrated with classic, albeit more prosaic, radiographs of bone diseases, pneumonias, infection, metabolic and immunologic disorders, ulcers, and polyps. This book lacks a section on obstetric radiology and, save for this one intentional omission, this work is comprehensive. Although written as an imaging complement to Harrison's Principles and Practice of Internal Medicine, it is actually an all-purpose review of contemporary radiology, propelling it