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July 1985

Ultrasonic Differential Diagnosis of Tumors

Arch Surg. 1985;120(7):863. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390310093022

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This book, edited by an Australian physicist and a Japanese internist, contains 20 chapters written by 13 Japanese and nine Australian authors, with other authors from the United States and the United Kingdom.

The first 58 pages, which concern the physics of ultrasound, are heavy going for most surgeons, but part II, concerning the ultrasonographic diagnosis of tumors by their sites (breast, thyroid, liver, etc), strikes a chord more familiar and practical to the clinician.

A unique chapter by Fukuda deals with the use of an ultrasonic transducer mounted on an endoscope or laparoscope.

A knowledge of normal anatomy as visualized by ultrasonography is assumed, which may be slightly presumptuous for some older clinical surgeons. The thrust of the book, as its title implies, concerns ultrasonographic imaging, and little space is given to alternate radiologic or imaging techniques such as nuclear medicine or computed tomographic scanning.

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