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July 1968

Cancer of the Stomach: A Clinical Guide for Diagnosis and Treatment.

Author Affiliations

USA Saigon, Republic of Vietnam


By John R. Kelsey, MD. Price, $4.75. Pp 72, with 5 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1967.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(1):91. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300060093039

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Originally presented in the form of a closed circuit telecast, this monograph proves most disappointing in its current configuration. The author indicates in his foreword that this is an effort "to give a concise summary of current procedures for diagnosis and management of cancer of the stomach." Although five contributing authors are eminently qualified to discuss the subject of gastric carcinoma in depth (and have indeed done so in other articles and monographs), their experience has been distilled into a few brief pages that fail to provide any new information.

The author has supplemented the original presentation with data drawn from several hospitals in the Houston area. This is information collected in retrospect; it lacks uniformity, and (as exemplified in the discussion of gastric cytology on page 25) is frankly confusing. The discussion of gastric analysis is obsolete, with values expressed as units rather than millequivalents, and the gastrocamera is

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