May 1964

The Medical Treatment of Peptic Ulcer.

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By George Gordon McHardy, MD; edited by Lester R. Dragstedt, MD. Price, $4.75. Pp 78, with no illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1963.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(5):797. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280110177059

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This eminent clinician and authority has recorded his views on the controversial subject of treatment of peptic ulcer from both experience and the literature. Little about the etiology of ulcer has been firmly proved, and treatment programs often rest on conviction and authority rather than demonstration.

Dr. McHardy, in this book, is clearly a treater for ulcer for he has taken a brave stand on the subjects of diet, antacids, anticholinergic drugs, and sedatives. He has sections on the complications, surgery, and medical gastrectomy. The book is a collection of controversy, opinion, and some positive statements. The book is a sincere expression of the author's views, but often the discussion is so inadequate that the view cannot be supported from information available in the text. Often an uncontrolled impression is documented with a reference that is a very uncritical study. Opinion varies from understatement (p 7), the ulcer patient should

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