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February 19, 1968

Roentgenologic Diagnosis: A Complement in Radiology to the Beeson and McDermott Textbook of Medicine

JAMA. 1968;203(8):610. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140080070037

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Classic anatomic roentgenology correlates recognizable patterns with specific disease entities. These two volumes contain a comprehensive atlas of disease-related radiographic plates to be used as a companion to the Beeson and McDermott Textbook of Medicine. The reproductions are excellent.

It is unfortunate that the writing does not equal the radiographs. There are many errors in content and concept evident in the short essays adjacent to each radiograph. For example, the authors claim that the lung parenchyma becomes involved in one third of patients with Hodgkin's disease, which is not consistent with current experience (eg, Kaplan).

The authors emphasize pathologic anatomy in a classical format, and one is struck by the lack of physiologic and kinetic considerations evident in modern radiology. Therefore, in this reviewer's opinion, the book will have limited value for medical students, who would better obtain a firm grounding in modern diagnostic radiology and its potential for pathophysiologic