August 1958

Clinical Gastroenterology.

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By Eddy D. Palmer. Price, $18.50. Pp. 630, with 216 illustrations. Paul B. Hoeber, Inc. (medical book department of Harper & Brothers), 49 E 33d St., New York 16, 1957.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;102(2):334-335. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260200162018

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Superbly delightful medical reading is Palmer's "Clinical Gastroenterology." Its untraditional approach to diseases of the intestine and juxtaposed organs has already incited controversy. I take a firm stand with the concepts expressed and the scholarly approach exemplified by this book. A questioning attitude, checked at the bedside and in the laboratory, commands attention for each unit. To one who is not primarily a gastroenterologist, Palmer's approach to these problems is refreshing.

The general internist will find much in the book that agrees with his daily experiences on the ward and in the office. In this book, gastroenterology is pushed in the turbulent stream of modern medicine. With Palmer's help, the subspecialty swims well, heading upstream, eyes open, efficiently taking in pure air before plunging deeply. The modern outlook reflected in this book is not in documenting efforts to make gastroenterology an exact clinical science. Dull studies are not detailed here.

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