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Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance of the Thorax.

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Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance of the Thorax.D P Naidich, R W Webb, N L Muller, et al. (Pp 784; $155.00). USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999. 0 7817 1660 8

This is a superb book. Anybody, like this reviewer, who has ever looked at a CT scan and felt confused or uncertain as to what the appearances show will find this book enlightening. As in previous editions (under the title of Computer Tomography of the Thorax), the authors explain the methods of scanning, the anatomy of the thorax, and then take the reader through a series of chapters organised around the structures contained in the thorax rather than a traditional respiratory medicine breakdown based on disease categories. In all respects the text has been significantly extended and improved on its previous editions, but the inclusion of magnetic resonance scans is a major development in this new edition. However, the major strength of the text is that its clinical orientation makes it superbly accessible to all with an interest in the diagnosis and interpretation of scans of the chest. This is a comprehensive, definitive, informative, and ultimately highly accessible overview of a complex subject and is strongly recommended.—JB

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