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August 5, 1968

Principles of X-ray Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

Winston-Salem, NC

JAMA. 1968;205(6):472. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140320166032

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In planning a roentgenology text for beginners, the author has a unique strength which can only come from years of teaching. Knowing the elementary question which will be asked, he is prepared to answer. For example, a half-page illustration is devoted to how to count ribs on a routine film of the chest.

The book has two introductory chapters on "making" and "looking at" radiograms and ten chapters organized systematically. The pages and illustrations are large. The roentgenographic reproductions are excellent and numerous. Valuable statistical data and useless eponyms are both avoided in an effort to present an uncluttered manuscript.

The text is very personal and describes the author's approach and opinion of most radiographic examinations and common diseases. Some opinions are outdated, as, employing cardiac-thoracic ratio to evaluate heart size. In some disease states, such as congenital heart disease, the lack of the physiologic approach makes the anatomic principles