Handbook of Medical Photography

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  • ACADEMIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE July 2001, Volume 8, Number 7 769

    MEDIA REVIEWS

    Handbook of MedicalPhotography. BY LAWRENCE B.STACK, ALAN B. STORROW,MICHAEL A. MORRIS, ANDDAN R. PATTON. Philadelphia,PA: Hanley & Belfus, Inc., 2001,484 pp, $55.00 (softcover).

    The authors of this text have createdan outstanding work that excels inproviding health care staff with theknowledge and techniques neces-sary to attain professional qualitymedical photographs and radio-graphic and electrocardiographic(ECG) reproductions. The combinedexpertise and foresight of the au-thors have produced an easy-to-useformat, making the book essentialfor the beginning photographer aswell as the more experienced. Thisbook is extremely valuable to any-one interested in producing thehighest-quality medical images forpublication, education, presentation,and medical documentation.

    The first four chapters are basedon user experience and equipment.For the beginner, Chapter 1 titledEquipment: Getting Started pre-sents an overview of basic equip-ment necessary for taking clinicalphotographs. For the more ad-vanced, Chapter 2 titled Clinical

    Photography Basics gives an over-view of exposure, film selection,lighting techniques, views, posing,and eliminating distracting ele-ments. For the professional, Chapter3 titled Camera Equipment: Oper-ation and Technology goes intomuch greater detail describing howadded capabilities such as advancedlighting techniques and filters con-tribute to the photograph. Chapter 4illustrates essential methods forphotography in the operating room.

    The next chapter, Technique byBody Location, is a manual on pho-tographing specific body locationsfrom toe to scalp, perineum to in-traoral cavity. This 330-page chapterincludes over 500 illustrations andover 200 color photographs. Thissection clearly demonstrates how tophotograph every body part or area.The table of contents and index fa-cilitate easy location of the desiredbody part to be photographed. Oncelocated, the layout provides step-by-step guidance for proper positioning,exposure setting, and plane of focus.It also demonstrates each shot witha viewfinder image, photograph, andmedical illustration. Furthermore,extremely helpful tips and commonmistakes are presented by the au-thors for each setup.

    In the later chapters, the authorsgo on to explore other areas of med-ical interest, including photograph-ing radiographs, ECGs, and otherprinted material. Chapter 8, Foren-sic Photography, discusses the prac-ticality of utilizing photographs in acourt of law, including tips on scale,composition, consent, and chain ofcustody. In addition, Chapter 12 ti-tled Medical Photography and theLaw examines in depth the legalramifications of informed consent,rights to privacy, patient confidenti-ality, and documentation of patientcare. Other chapters include medicalphotojournalism, medical image ar-chives and storage, and the use ofdigital cameras. Finally, the authorsconclude the book with a useful glos-sary of terms and web sites.

    The authors of Handbook of Med-ical Photography have succeeded inproviding health care workers withthe skills necessary to obtain qualityclinical photographs. This book is es-sential for anyone desiring profes-sional photographs for publication,education, presentation, and medicaldocumentation. The Handbook ofMedical Photography is a particu-larly valuable addition to an emer-gency medicine reference library.BOBBIE ANN SCHAUER, MD(baschauer@home.com), Division ofEmergency Medicine, UC Davis Med-ical Center, Sacramento, CA