Edited by Sidney A. Portis, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Rush Medical College, the University of Chicago. Price, $10. Pp. 952, with 176 illustrations. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1941.
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This book is written by fifty well known authors under the editorship of one. The list of contributors is a veritable "Who's Who" of modern gastroenterology.
The format is agreeable; the illustrations are clear, and the bibliography at the end of each chapter is well selected. The arrangement of the reading matter follows orthodox lines: a preface apologizing for the multiplicity of writers; a brief history of the knowledge of gastrointestinal disease; chapters on the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal tract, and then a succession of articles dealing with almost every phase of how food is or is not digested under abnormal conditions within the abdominal cavity, down to discussions of water brash, whip-worm, white bile and Widal hemoclastic shock.
There are two ways of regarding a book of this type. Admittedly, it represents hard work intelligently done. Without doubt, too, students and practitioners will read it, study it
Diseases of the Digestive System.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1941;68(2):371. doi:10.1001/archinte.1941.00200080193014