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May 15, 1967

Essentials of Urography

JAMA. 1967;200(7):653. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120200131044

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This handbook on the techniques, uses, and interpretation of urography (intravenous pyelography) is grounded in the experience of a major teaching center and constitutes a reliable guide for the uninitiated. Dr. Lalli demonstrates— and quite rightly stresses—the important point that the examination can be "tailored" to the requirements of the problem in hand; this includes the subsidiary point that uremia does not necessarily preclude informative urography.

Dr. Lalli surveys the common lesions and others less common. The x-ray reproductions are numerous and distinct. However, Dr. Lalli's sound instruction would have been well served by textual revision. Conventional pedantic formality, digression, inaccurate English, and verbosity weaken a text that is academically scrupulous. In discussing the differential diagnosis of urographic findings, Dr. Lalli frustrates the reader with references to other radiologic modalities, which his title excludes from this book. Perhaps in a second edition he will survey all methods of radiologic study