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February 17, 1984

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Imaging

JAMA. 1984;251(7):967-968. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340310071034

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I was quite pleased when asked to review this book because I was already halfway through it and enjoying it tremendously. Before the appearance of this text, the book Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine (by Kaufman, Crooks, and Margulis [JAMA 1982;247:3362]) was considered the definitive introductory textbook on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging in medicine. I am delighted to say that the book by Partain, James, Rollo, and Price will most likely assume this position.

The editors have brought together 91 contributors to this volume, many of whom are leaders in the field of NMR. The book contains 40 chapters divided into eight parts. The parts include "Historical Perspectives," "Physical Principles and Theoretical Background," "Technology and Systems Engineering," "Clinical Results," "Clinical Potential," "Benefits vs. Risks of NMR," "Current Research and Development," and "Conclusions and Future Directions."

With such a variety of contributors, it is extremely difficult for the editors