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Article
December 1977

Clinical Gastroenterology

Author Affiliations

Long Valley, NJ

 

ed 2, by H. M. Spiro, MD, with illus, 1,258 pp, $45, New York, Macmillan Publishing Co, 1977.

Arch Intern Med. 1977;137(12):1737. doi:10.1001/archinte.1977.03630240069024

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Abstract

This is a large textbook on gastroenterology, and like its author, it is relaxed and wordy. The book is larger than it need be.

The field is seemingly well-covered, although I have not been able to read all of the book. The discussions are not critical, other than superficial comments that stem from the author's personal opinions. The illustrations are excellent, even though they do suffer from the common frailty of demonstrating the most blatant examples of each condition that can be dug out of the files. The practitioner, therefore, will find that his own radiological and pathological interpretations demand a good deal more skill than do the interpretations of these illustrations. (There seems to be no help for this problem in textbooks.)

This seems to me to be an excellent book for relaxed reading. The reader may charge that there is much too much opinion in the text, but

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