By Gilbert H Alexander, MD. Price, $22.50. Pp 259. Warren H Green Inc, 10 S Brentwood Blvd, St. Louis 63105, 1971.
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This is a scholarly treatise about a roentgenographic method that has not achieved wide use, despite a long history. With the current active interest in "noninvasive" cardiac diagnostic techniques, this procedure might have fallen into a place of great importance, but has not. My goal, in addition to assessing the book, was to try and understand why this might be.
The discussion begins with a survey of the history of roentgenkymography. This is followed by a description of the method. As a forerunner of motion recording techniques in roentgenography, the method provides a picture of x-ray dense shadows over two or three cardiac cycles, with moving borders presenting a serrated appearance on the film. The depth of the serrations indicates the extent of motion, if the border is oriented perpendicular to the direction of travel of the x-ray grid.
The text is largely dedicated to areas of interest to the
Brislow DJ. The Heart and its Action: Roentgenkymographic Studies.. Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(4):650-651. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650040174020