May 1984

Digestive Diseases

Author Affiliations

Long Valley, NJ


edited by J. T. Galambos and T. Hersh, 701 pp, with illus, $49.95, Boston, Butterworth Inc, 1983.

Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(5):912-913. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.00350170044006

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This difficult new book on gastrointestinal (GI) diseases is the work of 13 current and former faculty members from Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, that was edited by two well-known senior faculty members. It is organized into three sections—(1) a discussion of symptoms and laboratory findings, (2) a discussion of certain organic diseases arranged by anatomic location, and (3) a thorough and beautifully illustrated section on roentgenographic evaluation of GI disease, which is strangely relegated to an appendix. All of the book's illustrations and roentgenograms are contained in the final chapter. Some of the sections are followed by bibliographies.

This is clearly a book for reading and not for reference. Few of the rare GI problems are mentioned. In fact, many of the common GI diseases and treatments are not discussed. Carcinoma of the esophagus, treatment of esophageal stricture, carcinoma of the stomach, sarcoma of the stomach, parasitosis other

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