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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: E. Dwain Roberts, MD (University of Utah School of Medicine)
Description: This second edition is a section of Burgener and Kormano's larger work, Differential Diagnosis in Conventional Radiology. It is an atlas of differential diagnoses, organized by radiologic findings in tabular form, supplemented with brief but cogent discussions on pertinent radiographic and clinical associations, and including 521 original photographic illustrations.
Purpose: The design and format allow the busy radiologist or clinician to quickly access information in a targeted and cost-effective manner, facilitating arrival at a thorough differential diagnosis and a more confident diagnostic impression. Ponderous volumes of radiology texts, organized by disease, can be cumbersome and awkward in a busy practice or in the setting of radiology board review. This book with its tables and illustrations lets the "rubber meet the road" much faster when it comes to patterns and differential diagnosis.
Audience: Burgener and Kormano's work targets all physicians involved in interpreting conventional radiological examinations, but it is particularly helpful for residents preparing for boards. The previous edition's success in 1991 has prompted an updated version.
Features: The book does a fairly good job at illustrating various pathological conditions. Single barium spot films are sometimes inadequate, and the authors often add line drawings to further illustrate the radiologic findings. In fact, line drawings, combined with photographic illustration and succinct discussion, represent this book's greatest asset, and more liberal use of line drawings in future editions can build on that strength.
Assessment: This is an economically written reference and review for differential diagnoses in gastrointestinal radiology. Its brief style helps when time is short, but makes for less interesting chapter by chapter reading. It is not meant to replace more exhaustive texts that treat each disease process more thoroughly, but it is an excellent book for residents and a handy, quick reference at the light board.