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February 1988

Diagnostic Imaging in Surgery

Arch Surg. 1988;123(2):264-265. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1988.01400260152028

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This radiologist from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, has hit on a good idea. He has written and extensively illustrated an encyclopedia of diagnostic surgical radiology that matches Schwartz' popular Principles of Surgery in its table of contents and format. Not by chance alone do the two books have the same publisher. Here, side by side with a standard surgical textbook, be it Schwartz, Sabiston, Hardy, or any other basic text, are the imaging tests that are used in diagnosis. Although profusely illustrated, it is not simply an atlas, for the author clearly indicates what he considers the proper sequencing of various imaging techniques and the test performance logic that lies behind such queuing. Needless to say, the radiologist's entire bag of tricks is represented in the book: plain films, tomograms, computed tomographic scans, ultrasound, radionuclide scans, arteriograms, magnetic resonance imaging, and so on—all the techniques that categorize these latter-day

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