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January 13, 1984

Gastrointestinal Radiology: A Pattern Approach

Author Affiliations

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Chicago

JAMA. 1984;251(2):265. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340260069033

Considering the plethora of excellent, recently published textbooks on gastrointestinal (GI) tract radiology, the need for yet another must be questioned. Happily, this originally conceived and well-executed work does fill a real void. Most texts on GI tract radiology are disease oriented, so that if one is confronted with an unusual finding on a barium study, a search for the cause presupposes a fairly good notion of the pathology involved. What this work does is to present the radiographic abnormality first and then illustrate and succinctly discuss the various possible causes. While not a replacement for the more conventional, detailed books on radiology of the gut, this format is extremely useful in the day-to-day evaluation of GI tract studies.

The text is organized into 73 chapters, and each is devoted to a specific radiographic abnormality such as abdominal calcification, esophageal ulceration, thickening of gastric folds, widening of the duodenal sweep,