March 1951

Study of Structure in Relation to Function: The Esophagus and Pharynx in Action.

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First edition. By William Lerche, M.D. Price $5.50. Pp. 229, with 105 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1950.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1951;87(3):472. doi:10.1001/archinte.1951.03810030145017

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This book consists of a consideration of the esophagus based on a study of 90 cadaver specimens from the dissecting room and 10 fresh esophagi. From his anatomic investigation the author has been able to define gastroesophageal and pharyngoesophageal segments of the esophagus and their action in regurgitation and deglutition. Of particular interest are the author's conclusions regarding the constrictor cardia and the superior and inferior esophageal sphincters.

The book is well illustrated with clearcut photographs of anatomic material and drawings from roentgenograms. It is a fundamental contribution on the esophagus, the result of much detailed, careful study, and contains a comprehensive review of the literature.

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