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Ultrasound in clinical diagnosis. From pioneering developments in Lund to global application in medicine

Editors: Eklöf B, Lindström K, Persson S
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-960207-0
Price: £75

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Ultrasound, like X-ray, has penetrated almost all fields of clinical medicine as a valuable diagnostic tool. Attempts have even been made to use it for therapeutic purposes. Although the history of the development of medical ultrasound has been relatively short, the application of ultrasound in clinical practice is irreplaceable by any other existing technology. Not only is it a feasible technique for the medical profession to use in any field they choose, it is also harmless to patients.

Understanding the history of ultrasound in medicine helps those who are interested in comprehending its practical significance and the potential for future development. The publication of this book is timely as most pioneers in this technique still have a fresh memory and can fill our knowledge gaps in this most commonly used diagnostic technique.

This book is the result of a collective effort by 25 contributors who are enthusiasts and practitioners in the field. It covers, in detail, the germination of medical ultrasound and the painstaking early experiments. It takes readers through cardiology, neurology, obstetrics and gynaecology, vascular disease, ophthalmology and otorhinolaryngology. It also includes the relation of ultrasound with radiology, new technology in ultrasound, and industrial developments. There are many photographs and illustrations, some of which are of real historical significance and have inspired generations of scientists and clinicians in the field. A drawback, however, is there is much repetition and overlap in content, which can be inevitable in a book with multi-authorship.

Overall, this is a valuable book for those who are interested in ultrasound, either in its clinical application or in further development of its potential. It can also serve as interesting and educational reading material for medical trainees, medical students and the wider audience.

Han B Xiao
Consultant Cardiologist
Homerton University Hospital, London, E9 6SR