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July 5, 1995

Gastroenterology: Clinical Science and Practice

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1995;274(1):79. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530010093042

For the second edition of the two-volume Gastroenterology: Clinical Science and Practice, the editors, who are from the United Kingdom, have assembled a large and learned group of international contributors, many chosen for their understanding of the new material presented. Previous contributors who are no longer in clinical practice have been replaced, so that the text is a tool for clinicians written by clinicians.

I had the opportunity to review the first edition, which was published as a single volume in 1984, for JAMA. Some of the chapters are completely reorganized. "Gall Bladder and Biliary Tract" is at the interface between gastroenterology and hepatobiliary disease. The liver is omitted, while the pancreas is discussed in one chapter.

The relationship of Helicobacter pylori to upper gastrointestinal tract disease, which was not mentioned in the first edition, is among some of the new material presented. Information about its role in gastritis, recurrent

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