January 30, 1967

The Common Bile Duct: Operative Cholangiography, Biliary Endoscopy, and Choledocholithotomy

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by Clarence J. Schein, Wilhelm Z. Stern, and Harold G. Jacobson, 290 pp, 204 illus, $22.50, Springfield, Ill: Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 1966.

JAMA. 1967;199(5):345-346. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120050087033

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In an age when operative cholangiography has become increasingly popular, it is timely to find a text in which the collaborative efforts of radiologist and surgeon are presented in one volume. The experienced team at the Montefiore Hospital has provided such a book. Although the text emphasizes the technical details of the roentgen diagnosis and the surgical management of patients with duct calculi, it gives considerable space to interpretation of pathological findings, both radiological and surgical, and each section concludes with a critique of the three methods of investigating the biliary tract.

Over half of the volume is devoted to cholangiography of the normal and abnormal bile duct. The technique of visualization, preoperative (including the transhepatic approach), intraoperative, and post-operative, are elaborated at length, and the interpretation of numerous pathological conditions are discussed. The entire section is richly illustrated, and the clarity of the roentgenogram reproductions is a tribute to