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February 1, 1941

An Introduction to Gastro-Enterology

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By Walter C. Alvarez, Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Being the third edition of The Mechanics of the Digestive Tract. Cloth. Price, $10. Pp. 778, with 186 illustrations. New York & London: Paul B. Hoeber, Inc., 1940.

JAMA. 1941;116(5):449. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820050093029

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From a booklet first published in the early 1920's as "The Mechanics of the Digestive Tract" has evolved this stately volume. It is probably the most human gastro-enterology that has been published, leaning largely toward the functional rather than the pathologic aspects of the subject. The book is one of the most readable of medical works, since its author has a well established literary style and a good journalistic sense. His discussion of peristalsis is readable beyond any similar analysis of that valuable function that is elsewhere available. Indeed, the opening chapter serves merely as an introduction to a full discussion of the mechanics of bowel activity, leading eventually to an understanding of peristalsis, belching, nausea and many another symptom generally accredited to the subject of disturbance of the stomach.

Especially interesting is the insistence of the author on correct use of terms so they will mean the same things

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