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It is easy to lose perspective without an occasional rearward glance. It's true for individuals and entire disciplines. Today's gastroenterologists have little time to muse about the art's humble beginnings or the century of painstaking efforts that led to the development of our current diagnostic and therapeutic arsenal. Yet without a historical perspective we would be blind to the fact that some of the mainstays of modern dogma and therapy are as certain to be cast aside as the turn-of-the-century theories of auto-intoxication or the treatment of gastric ulcers by freezing or gastric irradiation.
Dr Joseph Kirsner's The Growth of Gastroenterologic Knowledge During the Twentieth Century supplies this much-needed historical perspective. The book's 31 chapters are organized by organ system to cover the major advances that brought the field of gastroenterology to its current level. The chapters are authored by established experts offering remarkable insights into their areas. Many chapters
Opper FH. The Growth of Gastroenterologic Knowledge During the Twentieth Century. JAMA. 1995;273(24):1961. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520480081048