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May 6, 1974

The Lung: Radiologic-Pathologic Correlations

Author Affiliations

University of Colorado Medical Center Denver

JAMA. 1974;228(6):766. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230310072042

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An introductory chapter is followed by one on specimen preparation that is valuable for those who wish to use the technique. The third chapter synthesizes the pulmonary anatomy essential to radiologists. This author, like many others, emphasizes that Kerley A, B, and C lines are all thickened interlobular septa. He then proceeds to use the Kerley designations throughout the text, which I found confusing. Conspicuously absent is the anatomic explanation of two expressions used repeatedly, how does the lung field differ from the lung, or the diaphragms from the diaphragm (as applied to a single chest x-ray film)?

The fourth chapter correlates roentgenologic patterns with gross and histologic pathology. In ascribing to Gould and Dalrymple the current fad of dividing all disseminated pulmonary disease into alveolar and interstitial, the author ignores the fact that their classification was as follows: bronchoalveolar, vascular, and interstitial, with emphasis on the route of dissemination.