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January 2, 1967

Radiographic Examination in Blunt Abdominal Trauma

JAMA. 1967;199(1):49. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120010093039

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This fast-reading 250 page text has an apt title. Primarily designed for radiologists, the book should interest any physician who frequently deals with trauma. While it is chiefly oriented toward radiographic interpretation of the plain abdominal film, special techniques, including injection of intraperitoneal air or contrast media and arteriography, are also presented but not emphasized. To demonstrate radiographic signs already evident on the plain abdominal film, the author presents illustrative cases utilizing special techniques.

For his case material the author draws principally on his experience at the Santa Clara County Hospital, California. While he uses only a minimum amount of clinical information approaching film interpretation, he does emphasize the relative frequency of each clinical problem. When available, he gives data from his own cases but without attempting statistical accuracy. The result is a practical approach to traumatic problems, including emphasis on automobile trauma.

The initial chapters discuss general signs of