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June 25, 1960

Photography in Medicine

JAMA. 1960;173(8):970. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020260110031

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This publication purports to be a handbook "on established techniques, new techniques, and new photographic arrangements." It is advertised as the "first comprehensive text to deal exclusively with the many applications of photography in the science and practice of medicine." Such a handbook should provide a long-needed source of authoritative information, but this publication falls short of being an authoritative compendium of the subject because of its superficiality in most of the areas which it endeavors to cover.

Too few pages are allotted to the explanation of scientific photographic specialities; this exacting speciality usually requires volumes for adequate working knowledge and description. For example, the chapter on photomicrography amounts to less than 17 pages of text (including 13 illustrations). Although an important aspect of photographic medical recording is the use of motion pictures, these authors skim through an introduction to the subject and describe the selection of equipment, sound recording,

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