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May 30, 1953

Surgery of the Œsophagus.

JAMA. 1953;152(5):482. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690050106038

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The material in this small book on surgery of the esophagus is well presented. The approach of the author is refreshing, since the book is directed mainly to general surgeons. The author in no sense minimizes specialization but rather clarifies those zones he refers to as "no-man's-land of surgery." He states that "it is as absurd for the chest surgeon to limit his excision of the oesophagus in all cases to the level of the diaphragm, as it would be for the abdominal surgeon always to to stop short below the diaphragm, even though the growth invading the stomach is extending higher than he had thought." Emphasis has rightfully been placed on the cooperation that is essential in some cases among the plastic surgeon, the radiotherapist, and the otorhinolaryngologist.

The chapter on reflux esophagitis, peptic ulcer of the esophagus, hiatal hernia, and short esophagus and the chapter on pouches and

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