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November 6, 1972

Atlas of Nuclear Medicine, vol 3: Reticuloendothelial System, Liver, Spleen and Thyroid

JAMA. 1972;222(6):709. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210060057029

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Sir William Osler demonstrated that clinical medicine could best be learned from case presentations on the wards. In this atlas, Osler's academic descendants at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Doctors DeLand and Wagner, have utilized the method of case presentation to demonstrate many points about the usefulness of scintigrams. I find an overpowering attraction in a picture, that interferes with serious consideration for the words written in a well-illustrated volume. However, I did spend considerable time reading the case descriptions and the discussions, and I can recommend this as an educational experience which should not be missed. Just a few of the pearls which can be obtained by reading this volume are the steps in the systematic evaluation of reticuloendothelial system scans; the complementary role of rose bengal, blood pool tracers, and gallium-67 to radiocolloid scanning of the liver; and the value of the pinhole collimator magnification and technetium99m pertechnetate in thyroid