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October 18, 1958

Diseases of the Esophagus

JAMA. 1958;168(7):977-978. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000070133029

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To those familiar with Terracol's original comprehensive book on the esophagus, this English translation is most timely and welcome. The esophagus, long neglected by clinicians other than a few enthusiastic endoscopists, has recently become a subject of numerous monographs and textbooks. The thorough manner in which Terracol has covered the subject has, fortunately, been retained by Sweet, who has added much to the book, including his own and other surgical contributions that have so changed the management of diseases of the esophagus in the past 15 years. Unfortunately, the chapters on physiology and endoscopy have not received a similar critical revision. This is most apparent in the use of obsolete illustrations that detract from the appearance of the book. Terracol's section on gastroscopy has not been included in the translated version, since the book concerns the esophagus alone. The voluminous bibliography stresses the European and, particularly, the French contributions. This

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