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November 28, 1980

Radiology of the Chest

JAMA. 1980;244(21):2458-2459. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310210058034

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This is a book of manageable size that provides a good review of most of the important subjects in chest radiology. It contains 583 figures, many of which consist of two or more roentgenograms, and the quality of illustration is generally adequate. The style of writing tends to be rather formal, with a preference for traditional terminology (eg, roentgenography, shadows).

Unfortunately, the book has some notable shortcomings. For example, it provides no references for individual statements. A general bibliography is listed under various subject headings, but these publications are not referred to individually in the text.

In some areas there has been a failure to update the text in relation to newer diagnostic techniques. For instance, although computerized tomography (CT) of the thorax has been around for some years now, it is mentioned only in a brief appendix. Such semiobsolete techniques as radiography after sedation (to show air fluid levels