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From The CriticsReviewer: Dana Smetherman, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a general overview and introduction to the field of diagnostic radiology.
Purpose: It is designed as an introduction for medical students and residents not specializing in radiology. Certainly, these are worthy objectives and address a need, particularly with regard to helping those not specializing in radiology select the most appropriate imaging. Overall, the book meets these objectives, though occasionally the amount of detail about the findings on imaging may be beyond what is necessary for the audience, particularly medical students.
Audience: Although intended for medical students and residents, the book may be slightly beyond some members of this audience.
Features: The book is surprisingly comprehensive for such a brief text. The numerous images and quiz type questions at the end of the chapters are among the book's strongest points. The explanations to the questions are clear and well composed. However, the format is occasionally somewhat confusing when the questions are separated from the images to which they refer by a few pages. Although the level of detail about imaging findings may be beyond the average medical student, the book would serve as a nice introduction for departments to give radiology residents at the outset of their training.
Assessment: Overall, this is a high quality book and a nice quick reference that is surprisingly complete for its size. The copious and well-chosen images are particularly valuable. It would be a good addition to the libraries of radiology departments, especially for medical students who are interested in radiology as a specialty and for radiology residents at the beginning of their training.