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January 3, 1959

Clinical Radiology of Acute Abdominal Disorders

JAMA. 1959;169(1):88. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000180090025

This work represents an attempt at "concisely correlating the radiologic manifestations of the `acute abdomen' with clinical and pathological processes." As the author states, it is difficult to define the acute abdomen and equally difficult to limit any treatise to the acute emergencies alone. Epstein has adequately discussed and amply illustrated 104 separate topics which comprise those conditions which, while not "dramatic and catastrophic" in nature, still are intense and may require medical attention. This book deals chiefly with the gastrointestinal tract, but also includes examples of or references to the other organs whose malfunctions make up the clinical picture of the acute abdomen. About the report on radiologic examination the author states: "There is no such thing as a 'routine' and the most dangerous study is the one reported as `normal.' " Most of the illustrations are of typical cases of common diseases, collected chiefly from the author's personal experiences.

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