Book Reviews
March 1947

Roentgen Diagnosis of Diseases of the Gastrointestinal Tract.

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By John T. Farrell Jr., M.D., Clinical Professor of Radiology, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Cloth. Price, $5.50. Pp. 271, with 193 illustrations. Springfield, Ill.: Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 1946.

Am J Dis Child. 1947;73(3):380. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1947.02020380125014

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This book presents a concise, fundamental guide to roentgenologic diagnosis of gastrointestinal disease. Fluoroscopic and roentgenographic methods are considered with regard to applicability, mediums and position of the patient. The layout of this book is especially interesting and practical. The "Standard Nomenclature of Disease" is used for the order of presentation. A brief outline of each condition is given under the headings "contour," "motility" and "position"; this is followed by a discussion of pathologic changes, symptoms and methods of roentgen diagnosis. By these means, the differential diagnosis is simplified.

Emphasis is given to the relative importance of roentgenologically recognizable diseases by the styles of type used. This unique arrangement indicates which are illustrated and discussed, which are discussed without illustrations, and which are merely listed. The illustrations are numerous and well chosen.

As the author states in the preface, this book was written as a manual, not a reference work.

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