Diseases of the Chest

by H. Corwin Hinshaw, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, and L. Henry Garland, M.B. B.Ch., Clinical Professor of Radiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, 634 pp., illustrated. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1956. Price $15.00

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This unusual book entitled “Diseases of the Chest” is a very comprehensive compendium of the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of pulmonary disease. It is an up-to-date, thorough and accurate portrayal of pulmonary lesions by an able roentgenologist working with a staunch clinician and a highly scientific investigator in thoracic disease. The text is carefully planned, the selection of cases for x-ray demonstration is excellent and only a larger size of x-ray reproduction would have contributed to their value.

The introduction, containing all kinds of diagnostic procedures from the patient's history of complaints to bacteriological concepts, including bronchoscopy, fluoroscopy, measurement of pulmonary function and radiological techniques is a stimulating background for the wide variety of clinical x-ray analyses that are presented. Under the subject of fluoroscopy one would like to have found more factual data on the simple clinical observations concerning chest and diaphragmatic motion as it pertains to the movement of alveolar air in the normal and abnormal chest, a concept that is important in the differentiation of obstructive emphysema, restrictive fibrosis, air trapping and cardiovascular changes associated with pulmonary diseases.

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