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The Gastrointestinal Tract: A Handbook of Roentgen Diagnosis

Robert S. Sherman, MD
JAMA. 1966;195(8):704. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100080144064.
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The second edition of Gastrointestinal Tract, 21 years after the first, again makes available a work initially well received and well regarded by radiologists. Subtitled, A Handbook of Roentgen Diagnosis, it includes an Introduction of 24 pages and is divided into six sections: esophagus, upper gastrointestinal tract, biliary tract, colon, abdomen generally, and findings of particular interest.

"Handbook" implies a guide, manual, or reference. This text might better be regarded as a combination of a compact volume and atlas. Certainly the atlas aspect is predominant. Only a few of the 625 photographs are substandard in quality or difficult to understand. The more frequent use of arrows would improve a few of the photographs. Consequently, the atlas or pictorial aspect of this book is outstanding and, to my knowledge, unmatched by any other publication.

The Introduction, which attempts to cover the field of roentgenology of the gastrointestinal tract, does accomplish a


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