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December 12, 1966

Roentgen Signs in Clinical Practice

Author Affiliations

Bethesda, Md London, England


2 vol, by Isadore Mescham, 1,831 pp, with illus, $38 per set, vol 1 $18, vol 2 $20, Philadelphia and London: W. B. Saunders Co., 1966.

JAMA. 1966;198(11):1225-1226. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110240133058

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The first edition of this book had the fault that it was too detailed for medical students yet too simple for residents. The authors realized this, for in 1961 they produced the more elementary Synopsis of Roentgen Signs. The revision has now been completed with the present expanded version of the original text, intended for residents.

When a single author undertakes to write an extensive general text, interests and favorite subjects unavoidably receive undue emphasis, sometimes to the neglect of other equally important topics. In the case of Roentgen Signs in Clinical Practice the result is a highly idiosyncratic book with strange imbalances and omissions. Too much elementary material has been retained and much that will be needed daily by every resident has not been included. The reader is directed to look elsewhere for details of special procedures, not only for technique but also for interpretation. Surely, with the particular