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July 9, 1973

A Text-book of X-ray Diagnosis by British Authors, vol 2: Cardiovascular System

JAMA. 1973;225(2):181. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220290059032

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This venerable reference text first appeared in 1938 and was last revised in 1957. The list of contributors is long and impressive but the form and substance of the work are still largely attributable to the prestigious editors. Readers who enjoy sharing the experiences of an authority will find the editors' ipse dixit style more gratifying than those of us who prefer the cold scientific approach and an up-to-date bibliography.

The index says "Part One," but the expanded cardiovascular system now comprises the entire volume. Worthwhile revisions and additions are mainly in the chapters on congenital heart disease, the great vessels, and special procedures. Some chapters are unretouched despite important interim developments. For instance, perpetuating the fallacy that myocardial dilatation can be distinguished from pericardial effusion by a positional change in cardiac shape is an academic misdemeanor, but failing to mention the accurate differentiation possible by ultrasound or blood pool