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Imaging of Diseases of the Chest. 3rd Edition. Peter Armstrong, Alan G Wilson, Paul Dee, David M Hansell. (Pp 1039, hardback; £150.00). UK: Mosby, 2000. ISBN 0 7234 3166 3

This popular radiology text is now in its third edition. The challenge for the authors to contain so much information within just over 1000 pages has been successfully met.

The early chapters on plain radiographs are excellent building blocks for any trainee. The growing dependence on high resolution computed tomography (CT) is reflected in several chapters, but this is not at the expense of the plain radiograph. The value of positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance in problem solving are evaluated. CT pulmonary angiography is presented and compared with radionuclide imaging and invasive angiography.

Chapters are written from the viewpoints of both pathological location and aetiology. Where the less usual pathologies are discussed—for example, immunologically mediated, drug induced, and transplant related problems—or the more esoteric diseases are described, additional valuable clinical comments are given.

This book can be read from cover to cover; the clarity of the writing and the good illustrations help the pages to fly by. A major strength is that it can be used to help solve those perplexing cases. The index is written with a clear problem orientated approach, but do remember that the spellings are American.

This multi-modality, multi-subspecialty imaging reference text has been updated. Intended not just for radiologists, our medical, surgical, and allied professional colleagues would be wise to sequester it in their libraries. The illustrations are beautiful, the text is clear, and the references are weighty.—KP

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