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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathleen A. Murray, MD (University of Utah School of Medicine)
Description: This monograph on pediatric radiology is the second edition of a core text in the series The Requisites. The first edition of this volume was published in 1993.
Purpose: The goal of this series is to provide separate volumes in each of the major subspecialty areas of radiology from which a resident can obtain a reasonable working knowledge in the first few days of a rotation. This is an excellent idea as the time spent on each rotation is short and optimal experience is gained if core knowledge is gained quickly and then expanded. The goals are accomplished well in this text.
Audience: The intended audience is radiology residents, but this book is also useful as an introductory text for pediatric residents. It is a reasonably sized, practical resource that can update the general radiologist. The author brings considerable experience from his many years as a pediatric radiologist and teacher in Boston, creating a very readable and practical text. The chapter on neuroimaging is written in conjunction with the chief of neuroradiology at The Children's Hospital in Boston.
Features: This volume has good quality illustrations, line drawings, and tables to supplement the text. A separate appendix at the front of the book includes color Doppler images. Reference lists are appropriately short and have been updated. The index is complete and easy to use. It is a good size for frequent use.
Assessment: The book is a very good introductory text to practical pediatric radiology and should be reviewed by all radiology residents as they begin their rotations on pediatric radiology. It is also an excellent update for the general radiologist. The small size makes it readable from cover-to-cover. It is a very good supplement to larger reference texts and has been nicely updated from the previous edition without losing the emphasis on basic training. I highly recommend it.