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The Computer in Radiology

Stephen R. Ell, MD, PhD
JAMA. 1986;255(23):3313. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370230119050.
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This is an unusually good book. The editor states his intent very clearly, then proceeds, employing 15 other authors, to fulfill it. The intent is to provide (p ix) "an overview of the computer and its relationship to radiology" for practicing radiologists and residents not expert in computer lore. The work is divided into five sections, as follows: "Background," "The Computer," "Current Clinical Applications," "Departmental Applications," and "The Personal Computer." Each of the 16 chapters is intended to be comprehensible on its own and, in fact, is. But, however much knowledge one might gain from a work so designed, endless repetition and boring reading is all one could expect.

Yet, Dr Hunter and his coauthors have instead provided a crisp, tight, and eminently readable book. Anyone, radiologist or not, who is a bit shaky on bits, bytes, RAM, ROM, and the like can now go up against the slickest salesperson.


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