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August 13, 1982

Pulmonary Masses, Cysts, and Cavities: A Radiologic Approach

JAMA. 1982;248(6):758-759. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330060082047

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Chest Radiology: Patterns and Differential Diagnoses, by James C. Reed, 338 pp, with illus, $41.75, Chicago, Year Book Medical Publishers Inc, 1981.

These are two handsome books, and they go well together.

In trim language, Dr Freundlich classifies solid and cystic lesions of the chest in terms of their origin, content and x-ray configuration. He gives proper space to diseases of congenital, inflammatory, obstructive, traumatic, and embolic origin, concluding with sections of complications and differential diagnosis. At the end, he tests the reader with a series of unknown cases. His style is fluid. He does not burden us with jargon, extraneous data, or distracting footnotes. A careful perusal brought to light only one "consistent with but not diagnostic of," and the text has been combed virtually free of "rule outs."

The illustrations are large and clear, each with its reason, and legends are to the point. Tomograms and computed tomographic