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From The CriticsReviewer: Charles C Matthews, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: Part of The Requisites in Radiology series, this book covers diseases of the chest. This second edition brings it up to date with advances in imaging technology.
Purpose: Diagnostic imaging plays a key role in the evaluation of diseases of the chest, particularly since the routine chest radiograph is the most common imaging procedure performed. The book is organized in a fairly standard manner and provides excellent description and images of a wide range of pathology.
Audience: It is intended for residents in radiology as well as for residents in the associated specialties of critical care, pulmonary medicine, and thoracic surgery. The material is suitable for beginning and intermediate level residents. Staff physicians and fellows would probably know the material in this book, although they could use it to review a topic. The authors are recognized experts in the field and professors of radiology at Harvard Medical School.
Features: The book begins with a good discussion and illustration of thoracic anatomy and review of the basic signs of pathology in chest imaging. Subsequent chapters go through disease entities in particular areas such as mediastinum, airways, and chest wall. Major disease categories are also covered in chapters on congenital abnormalities, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary neoplasms, etc. Many boxes summarize the most important material in a bulleted style, which will be helpful for resident review. The numerous images provide good examples of the findings. However, some of the routine radiographs are mediocre in quality, apparently obtained by photographing film images which results in poor contrast in the lungs. This second edition does provide up-to-date imaging technology with abundant CT images, including multiplanar reformations, MRI images, and PET/CT images.
Assessment: This is an excellent standard textbook of diagnostic imaging for diseases of the chest for residents in training. It is comprehensive in its coverage of the basic diseases and well-illustrated with numerous images. After reading and studying this book, residents will have a solid foundation for more advanced learning. As a faculty mentor for years in our residency program, I have always recommended that residents would do better to learn one textbook really well rather than trying to read several similar textbooks without fully learning the material. This book is a good choice.