This relatively short monograph deals with the employment of oleoperitoneography in the study of the peritoneal cavity. This procedure is of greatest value in the diagnosis of peritoneal fluid, as even the lesser degrees of ascites, which may have escaped clinical notice, may be detected in this manner. Large abdominal cysts also may be recognized, as their roentgen appearance is characteristic during oleoperitoneography.
The technic consists of intraperitoneal injection of 3 cc. of iodized oil. Roentgenograms are then made with the patient supine, prone and erect.
The first seven chapters are devoted to a description of the peritoneal surfaces and the disposition and appearance of liquids and iodized oil in the peritoneal cavity in normal and in abnormal conditions. Experimental work on animals is included.
The remainder of the book consists of a series of observations in 40 clinical cases studied by the authors. Each case is illustrated by one