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This excellent book offers a comprehensive study of silicosis in all its aspects and in the light of modern industrial development.
It becomes quite clear that, even today, the diagnosis of silicosis cannot be made from the roentgenogram alone; the authors feel that the radiologic examination should be the last and not the first diagnostic tool. In the opening chapter there is a discussion of the significance of a detailed history, particularly the industrial background. Modern diagnostic methods, such as pulmonary function tests, endoscopy, biopsies of the lungs and pleura, tomography, angiography, bronchography, kymography, logetronography, the use of amplifiers and high voltage techniques, are critically presented and evaluated.
The second chapter deals with a comparative study of pathological and radiologic signs of all types of silicosis and is followed by a chapter on the structural analysis of chest roentgenograms, based mainly on the three-stage classification of silicosis as adopted in
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