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After a brief outline of the anatomy of the mediastinum and its functions, the author proceeds to describe the symptomatology of mediastinal tumors, diagnostic methods and classification of the neoplasms. The frequency of various types has been determined by collecting statistical data from the literature. After this general survey, the author discusses each type of tumor separately, paying special attention to clinical and laboratory findings.
A special chapter is devoted to differential diagnosis of mediastinal tumors from other conditions, such as aneurysm of the large blood vessels, emphysema of the mediastinum, thrombosis of the superior vena cava or esophageal diverticulum. A description of therapeutic measures concludes the monograph.
The book is profusely illustrated with roentgenograms and excellent schematic drawings. Short bibliographic references conclude each chapter. Emphasis is laid on clinical findings, and histology is almost ignored. The chapter on treatment is sketchy, without any details whatsoever. The simple style of
I tumori del mediastino. JAMA. 1950;143(13):1219. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910480091041
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