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February 7, 1966

Current Concepts of Clinical Gastroenterology

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New Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1966;195(6):501. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100060141053

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This well printed, finely bound book contains the proceedings of a "Progress in Gastroenterology" course held in the spring of 1963 in California, and is published now in 1965. Many distinguished gastroenterologists have contributed to this tasty bouillabaisse and it has only a small amount of shell. There are reviews of such topics as the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, the gastrointestinal manifestations of collagen disorders, hepatic circulatory disorders, along with many other recondite topics.

My only criticism is that much of the material can be found elsewhere. Should we continue to preserve every word which is spoken at a convention or at a postgraduate course? Or should meetings and courses revert to being colloquia intended for the benefit of those who attend them? Obviously, I think we should not enshrine so beautifully such necessarily ephemeral material.

This said, I must add that the book is well edited and useful. Its price is

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