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July 1973

Curling's Ulcer: An Experiment of Nature.

Author Affiliations

Charleston, SC


By Stacey B. Day, MD; Bruce G. MacMillan, MD; and William A. Altmeter, MD. Price, $17.50. Pp 286. Charles C Thomas Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, IL 62703, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(1):142. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650070128035

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This text is essentially a monograph that reviews exhaustively the literature pertaining to acute ulcerations of the upper gastrointestinal tract following thermal injury commonly referred to as Curling ulcer. For the historian, there is a wealth of knowledge readily at hand, but for the clinician there is precious little here that would be of any great benefit in the care of a patient with Curling ulcer.

Very correctly, the authors point to the confusion that exists regarding the precise definition of Curling ulcer and the problem of comparing statistics in the available literature. The experimental studies pertinent to Curling ulcer have been well reviewed, and for the student interested in this aspect of the subject the middle sections of the book are worth reading.

The clinical experience and surgical management of the problem is contained within 30 pages of the almost 300. The information set forth agrees with the

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