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Gastro-Intestinal X-ray Diagnosis.

Marcus J. Smith, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(3):531. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310090161035.
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An atlas of an area of medical knowledge is a biography of its author's professional life; it is evident from Cummack's compendium of gastrointestinal radiographs that he has been diligent and conscientious and made many contributions to the scientific community and the wellbeing of his patients. More than 1,000 high quality reproductions ranging from esophagus to rectum, biliary tract, and liver are included. All contain terse captions with clinical and radiologicdata; their succinctness is refreshing when compared to the prolix and wandering captions of some radiologic journals and texts in which the space allocated for them exceeds the area of the accompanying reproductions.

Pearls abound for both expert and student, a feature not unexpected in this material which comes from the Gastrointestinal Unit of the University of Edinburgh. I find very little to carp at in this excellent work—a few interpretations with which I disagree and a mild feeling


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