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May 17, 1952

Roentgen Examinations in Acute Abdominal Diseases

JAMA. 1952;149(3):313. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930200099042

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This book will appeal to all persons interested in abdominal diagnosis. Internists and surgeons as well as roentgenologists will profit from its pages. Hospital residents and interns will find it invaluable.

Intelligent use of roentgen findings combined with careful clinical evaluation will speed the diagnosis in many cases with acute onset, and all physicians should be familiar with normal and abnormal roentgen signs. The author states that, since the introduction of the roentgen examination, the death rate from bowel obstruction in his own clinic has dropped from nearly 50% to approximately 10%. Correct and early diagnosis as well as improved surgical treatment must take the credit.

The volume includes techniques of examination, normal findings and variations, and detailed descriptions of abnormalities. Illustrations are excellent and numerous. Many schematic drawings supplement the roentgenograms and make understanding easy. The text is well written, explanations are simple and to the point, and the

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