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April 19, 1941

Diseases of the Digestive System

JAMA. 1941;116(16):1879. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820160131027

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This is a textbook on diseases of the digestive system in which every chapter is written by a different man. In many ways this is a good idea, because the field of even one specialty like gastroenterology has become too large to be well covered by one man.

The first chapter is by Ralph Major, who writes on the history of man's acquisition of knowledge in regard to gastrointestinal disease. Then follow a chapter on the anatomy of the tract by De Garis and one on physiology by Necheles. A useful chapter is one on the interpretation of abdominal pain by Chester Jones, who has done research in this field. It is good to see four chapters on the neuroses and the neurogenic disturbances; one of the chapters on the neuroses is written by a psychoanalyst, Franz Alexander. There is a chapter by Kantor on the commonly encountered functional disturbances

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