Atlas of Hepatic Tumors and Focal Lesions: Arteriographic and Tomographic Diagnosis, by O. H. Gutierrez and S. I. Schwartz, 187 pp, with illus, $80, New York, McGraw-Hill Book Co, 1984.
These two books represent the expanding need for surgeons to know how to use new imaging techniques in the management of resectable liver masses. Even busy surgeons perform such resections relatively infrequently and find it difficult to remain current in this dynamic field.
The first book is by radiologists Bernardino and Sones from Emory University, Atlanta. It is organized into chapters analyzing and illustrating what can be learned of various hepatic lesions by imaging techniques. Starting with plain film it escalates through sections on scintigraphy, sonography, computed tomographic scans, and magnetic resonance. Short (usually one to three pages) descriptions of technique are not threatening to surgeons—except for the one on nuclear magnetic resonance! A middle portion cuts across technique lines