By Walter C. Alvarez, M.D., Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota. Price, $10. Pp. XXII + 778, with 186 illustrations. New York: Paul B. Hoeber, Inc., 1940.
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In 1922 there appeared an unassuming book called "The Mechanics of the Digestive Tract." It was 200 pages long, had 22 illustrations and a bibliography of 456 references and sold for $3.50. The Archives of Internal Medicine reviewed it (29:869-870 [June] 1922) and spoke well of it. Perhaps the author's views were a little too novel to suit the conservative taste of the Archives. But, on the other hand, the author knew how to write vigorously, had enthusiasm and obviously was a good clinician with excellent laboratory training and a scholarly knowledge of medical literature. Thus it was said that the book was a valuable compilation, almost certain to interest physicians and physiologists. This was a good prophecy.
In 1928 the second edition made its appearance, still an unassuming book, with the same title, but now further qualified by being earmarked "An Introduction to Gastroenterology." It had grown considerably:
An Introduction to Gastro-Enterology.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1941;67(1):237-238. doi:10.1001/archinte.1941.00200010247015