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September 15, 1956

The Lung as a Mirror of Systemic Disease

JAMA. 1956;162(3):257. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970200105021

This volume alerts the physician to the wealth of information in an x-ray examination of the chest. The lung serves as a mirror of changes in the organs and tissues of the body not accessible to direct examination. About 80 diseases may be associated with the pulmonary lesions described. Though roentgenography is stressed, the differential features of each disease are considered. The pulmonary lesions are described in the light of the physical and laboratory findings, and an effort is made to present the entire disease as mirrored in the chest film. This film assumes increasing importance as a case-finding tool, not only in detecting the pneumonias, tuberculosis, neoplasms, and other primary pulmonary diseases but also in detecting pulmonary manifestations of skin diseases, hemopoietic diseases, metabolic disturbances, and other disorders in the subspecialties of internal medicine. Even surgical abdominal diseases may show evidence of their presence in the chest film. Without

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