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In no branch of medical literature is the atavistic tendency more dominant than in textbooks of gastro-enterology. The same exposition of a sharply crystallized body of doctrine appears over and over again modified, perhaps, by the teachings of some physiologist who for the moment is approved by the gastroenterologic group. There seems to be a curious imperviousness of these books to outside influences; one suspects that there even exists a proscribed list of writings which challenge traditional concepts. It is with interest, therefore, that one approaches Arafa's recent book; one hopes that under the title of "Newer Aspects of Gastro-Enterology" one may find that the house has been cleaned and the cobwebs swept away. Dr. Arafa's work shows all the earmarks of a sincere effort; clearly he has labored industriously in producing this compilation. But the same old outline is followed, and for the most part there is presented only
Modern Aspects of Gastro-Enterology.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1934;53(1):160-161. doi:10.1001/archinte.1934.00160070165016