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February 1974

Encyclopedia of Medical Radiology: Diseases of the Skeletal System

Arch Surg. 1974;108(2):255-256. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350260107045

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In common with other volumes in this series, both these books are written by several authors and are superlatively produced. In spite of their being written in German, they are easy to read—even for the non-German-speaking reader, and an English-German vocabulary and index is provided to assist with this. The references are comprehensive, and, although the German literature is predominantly cited, there are many references to works in English. In spite of their overall excellence, a number of criticisms can be made.

The volume on tumors initially considers primary chorionepithelioma, sarcomata of lung, bronchiolar carcinoma, and bronchial adenomata under the heading of malignant or semimalignant tumors. This is followed by an excellent review of benign primary tumors in which the admixture of drawings, roentgenographs, and specimens is to be commended. Then, there is a chapter on the large group of pseudotumorous conditions including fungal disorders, lipoid pneumonias, infarcts, and amyloidosis,

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