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November 20, 1967

Current Perspectives in Gastroenterology

JAMA. 1967;202(8):848. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130210222047

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This book is primarily a contribution from the School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; and the range of subject matter, covering problems current in surgery today, is indeed a compliment to the activities of this group. Twenty-eight of the 33 essayists are affiliated with the University.

The format is that of five sections, dealing, in order, with the stomach and duodenum, large bowel, pancreas, small bowel, and the general subject of gastrointestinal bleeding. Each section includes a series of formal presentations which discuss specific problems confronting the practicing surgeon today. Each chapter is presented in a direct fashion, varying somewhat in quality, as might be expected from such a large group of contributors. Much of the charm and value of the book lies in the several pages at the end of each section, devoted to an informal question-and-answer discussion of problems presented earlier. This unrehearsed summation of opinion offers relaxed