Book Reviews
August 1940

Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases of the Esophagus.

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By Porter P. Vinson, M.D. Price, $4.00. Pp. 224, with 98 illustrations. Springfield, Ill.: Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, 1939.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;60(2):461. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.02000020215017

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Here is another Charles C. Thomas book with the clarity and precision of type characteristic of this publisher. The book is timely, is well presented and should be enthusiastically received by the internist. It is a compilation of practical methods of handling various disorders of the esophagus. One is constantly delighted with the expressive freehand drawings, adequate photographic illustrations and clear reproductions of the roentgenograms. The text is readable and full of useful references gained from long experience. On the whole, emphasis seems to have been well placed. The use of a conversational method of presentation and the lack of a more complete discussion of pathologic physiology and anatomy are the only major faults of an otherwise adequate monograph.

Sixteen chapters cover completely all of the problems usually encountered in the diagnosis of esophageal disorders. The discussion of hysterical dysphasia, given with a matter-of-factness which will completely disarm the reader,

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