Exercises in Diagnostic Radiology: The Abdomen.

Marcus J. Smith, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1972;129(3):507-508. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.00320030127029.
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The Abdomen, the second in a series of exercies in diagnostic radiology, follows a teaching technique established by the same authors: that of grouping together two or three cases with the same symptoms-pattern. The reader views the reproductions of roentgenograms of the abdomen; studies the concise, well-written histories; thinks; finds the answers on the following pages; then turns to another group of patients.

As I studied the cases, the authors seem to have anticipated my thoughts, observations, and lack of thought or observation. An eerie sensation-hearing a silent reply to my unspoken questions! Perhaps the written material was adapted from a classroom dialogue. Whatever the cause, I relished the audio effect, the impression of personal contact, a communication achievement I have not yet experienced, even in programmed texts. After completing Fig 122, the last case, I regretfully put down this attractive and useful book.

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