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Gastrointestinal Radiology. A Functional Approach to Radiological Investigation and Diagnosis.

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By Brombart Marcel M.. . 449 pages. Georg Thieme-Verlag; , Stuttgart and New York: , 1980.. Price, $145.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(4):652-653. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-93-4-652_3
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This is a handsome atlas of gastrointestinal radiology containing an inadequate and often confusing text. A "functional" approach is referred to in the title and introduction, but how it differs from standard radiological techniques is unclear. Diseases are grouped by the nature of the disorder rather than by the conventional organ-related approach. This is based on the premise that, for example, inflammation has the same radiographic characteristics regardless of the site of involvement. There may be some theoretical advantage to this clustering but it proves awkward in practice. Thus, the chapter on inflammatory diseases includes esophagitis, gastritis, duodenitis, Crohn's disease,


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