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August 1975

X-ray Anatomy of the Vascular System

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Los Angeles

Arch Surg. 1975;110(8):1053. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360140197051

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This book presents in considerable detail verbal descriptions of the anatomy and major variations of the vascular system. As an anatomy text, it is useful; however, the method of illustration chosen creates some difficulties for its use as an atlas, particularly by the angiographer.

Most of the roentgenographic illustrations are made of postmortem barium injections, each supplemented by semidiagrammatic line drawings on the corresponding facing page. This method works better for some parts of the body than for others. In most instances, unfortunately, postmortem angiography offers little to correspond to what is encountered in living patients, so that reference to these illustrations can be difficult and possibly misleading. Furthermore, many of the illustrations of roentgenograms are virtually undecipherable because of the flooding of overlapping vessels with barium. Some improvement might have been gained by using subtraction technique, but even so, the illustrations would remain unphysiologic. Where detailed illustrations would have

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