September 1975

Ulcerative and Granulomatous Colitis,

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by Kirsner, Marshak, Sommers and Menguy, 390 pp, $35.50. Charles C Thomas, 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1975;135(9):1273. doi:10.1001/archinte.1975.00330090145029

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The primary aim of this book is to bring together in one volume the current knowledge about ulcerative and granulomatous colitis by specialists in pathology, radiology, medicine, and surgery. To a reasonable extent, this aim was fulfilled. After a foreword by Kirsner, an introduction by Bercovitz and an historical summary by Marshak and Lindner, there are two chapters by Sommers describing the pathologic changes found in ulcerative and granulomatous colitis. There is not much information about immunopathology or the pathology of the extracolonic manifestations of these diseases, but what is presented is done clearly and with excellent pictures.

The chapters by Marshak and Lindner are outstanding. Here, as throughout the book, the quality of the photographic reproductions and of printing is a credit to the publisher. There appear refreshing nuggets like "In with toxic megacolon the portion of the colon most prominently distended is the transverse colon. This is due

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