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October 25, 1958


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Harlingen Texas.

JAMA. 1958;168(8):1154. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000080170023

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To the Editor:—  I enjoyed the argument against the term "flat film" of the abdomen presented by Arnold and Washko in the June 7, 1958, issue of The Journal, page 773. Of course, the term should be banned. It is stated that there is no corresponding term in German. There is one: Leeraufnahme, meaning a film made without the use of an introduced contrast medium (leer, meaning empty; Aufnahme, meaning a photographic picture). This word was widely used in the 1920's and 1930's in Breslau, where I had my training. I am certain that it occurs often in the radiologic literature of that period and I am sure it is still in wide use. I have not followed today's German roentgenologic literature closely, but I cannot imagine why it should have fallen into disuse. It is a good descriptive word that plainly says what it means to say. Commonly, it was

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