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October 1968

Radiology of the Heart and Great Vessels.

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USA Washington, DC

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(4):382. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300090092033

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This handsome, well-printed book with beautiful illustrations devotes roughly equal space to congenital and acquired heart disease. Smaller segments cover methods of examination, contrast media, and diseases of the great vessels. It promises much but delivers little. An unsettled question remains: For whom is the book intended?

In their preface, the authors indicate that it is too superficial for the specialist in cardiac or vascular radiology; they recommend it for the resident or the general radiologist. Presumably, however, the generalist is the man most in need of guidance to thread his way through the massive bibliographic maze of vascular radiology. But the book makes little effort to sort out bad from good or old from new in the hundreds of articles referred to in each section. The discussion of contrast media and the section concerning morphogenesis of various congenital anomalies suffer most from this failing.

The chapters on acquired heart

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