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A group of high-quality state-of-the-art reviews of rapidly developing topics in medicine is always welcome, and Dr Berk has certainly put together a volume of such articles here. Each of the areas he has selected is in the forefront of gastroenterological advance, and each review is authored by one or more of the respected names in the field.
Just a short time ago, the only treatment available for duodenal ulcer disease was therapy that was based on (we thought) rational principles but that had never been shown to be effective. Now there are several agents and programs of therapy that not only hold promise but have actually been demonstrated to have benefit in the treatment of this common, perplexing disease.
Not long ago we had no means of visualizing the pancreas, and we could get a look at the biliary tract with great difficulty and sometimes hazard. The update here
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