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December 9, 1939

A Descriptive Atlas of Radiographs: An Aid to Modern Clinical Methods

JAMA. 1939;113(24):2175. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800490071028

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The author seeks to furnish a pictorial reference book of those normal and abnormal conditions which are met more commonly in practice; rare lesions are omitted, except when of special interest. The volume is primarily intended for the use of the clinician, whose chief concern is diagnosis. No special technical knowledge is required in using this atlas. The illustrations, on the whole, are excellent. Some, however, are too small or have lost detail in reproduction and fail to demonstrate the lesion. Most of the roentgenograms are accompanied by diagrammatic sketches, which depict the lesion under consideration. The small size of these outline drawings, the rather crude sketching and the almost illegible microscopic lettering detract greatly from the effectiveness and value of the diagrams. Standardization of presentation would facilitate the reader's orientation in examining films. For example, the chest films show the heart either on the left or on the right;

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