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on October 23, 2012
Oh, where to start...
As for the physical construction: there's some kind of glossy coating on the book's pages, making it easily smudge-able if you write in it, highlight, or are even just wearing hand lotion. Seriously. It's very annoying. The print and pictures literally smear on the page when it comes in contact with liquid/greasy substances. Some of the diagrams are inaccurate and labeled backwards. The accompanying workbook has similar issues. Our class also found out that the online study site for this book (Cengage's "Coursemate" site) is glitchy and full of inaccuracies. It's also an extra $100 to access the online site. I made it through the semester fine, but I wouldn't attribute that entirely to this book. I had an excellent professor who was engaging and truly cared that the class learned.
I also have the previous fourth edition of this Principles of Radiographic Imaging. It's basically the very same thing with less colorful diagrams. It has the same information, but without the unnecessary page coating that smears. I'd recommend the fourth edition if your program allows it.