October 17, 1966

Pneumoencephalography and Cerebral Angiography

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Lexington, Ky


by Bernard S. Epstein, 349 pp, 219 illus, $20, Chicago: Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc., 1966.

JAMA. 1966;198(3):330. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110160158060

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Radiologists restricting their interests to diseases of the central nervous system, and notably to the interpretation of pneumographic and angiographic studies, have created a new specialty, neuroradiology. The present book appears soon after outstanding publications by Taveras and Wood, Robertson, and Di Chiro, with which it must compete as a current reference on pneumoencephalography and cerebral angiography.

The first of four chapters describes normal radiographic anatomy. The second covers congenital malformations, emphasizing agenesis and malformations of the corpus callosum. A chapter on vascular diseases includes aneurysms, vascular malformations, arterial and venous occlusions, and intracranial hemorrhage, while a discussion of pseudotumor cerebri logically follows a section on cerebral venous thrombosis.

The longest chapter, "Brain Tumors," occupies the last half of the book. Meningiomas receive separate consideration according to location, and pituitary adenomas, chordomas, craniopharyngiomas, and pineal tumors also are described as individual entities. All other tumors are classified by anatomical site,