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This splendid volume is a fitting successor to Human Gastric Function, published in 1943 by the pressent author with Dr. Harold G. Wolff, where the story of Tom, the famous subject with the permanent gastrostomy, was first told. The author brings together biological and clinical data concerning gastric function and malfunction to demonstrate that to understand disease properly the normal must be known, that disease properly understood contributes greatly to the definition of normal, and that the two (normal-disease) are a continuum rather than being sharply divided. This demonstration is carried out admirably.
The book has three major themes. The first continues and concludes the tale of Tom who served to advance science by his active cooperation as reporter of the events in his life and as subject for numerous studies of gastric function over a period of two decades. The results of these studies, performed by Dr. Wolf and
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