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August 22, 1977

Radiology of the Abdomen: Anatomic Basis

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JAMA. 1977;238(8):896. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280090060030

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In this comprehensive atlas, the pictures are clear and the prose uncluttered; the author makes his way through the convolutions of the peritoneum with grace and nonchalance. Whatever repetition one encounters springs less from redundancy than from a consistent aim to consider the viscera in terms of three dimensions.

The basis of Whelan's book is a collection of cross-sections of frozen cadavers sliced through the horizontal, coronal, and sagittal planes. He photographed and labeled these in sequence, drew diagrams, and set these beside appropriate roentgenograms of living subjects. The range extends through both normal and pathological anatomy, and the illustrations include plain films, examinations with contrast agents, body-section roentgenography, and ultrasonograms. Several computerized tomograms are included. Here a frugality of scans suggests that this awesome technique made the publisher's deadline by the skin of its teeth. However, this does not detract from the value of the book. Radiologists using either