April 1958

The Story of Peptic Ulcer.

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By Richard D. Tonkin. Price, not given. Pp. 71, with numerous illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia, 1957.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;95(4):459. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060050463029

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In this small volume, Dr. Tonkin holds the reader's interest by keeping him amused while presenting the essentials of what is known about peptic ulcer. The light breezy style of the text, together with the many cartoon-type illustrations, sets the stage for transmitting the author's ulcer prescription, which calls for large quantities of common sense well mixed in a vehicle of philosophy.

The factors usually considered in the etiology of peptic ulcer are presented with a broad-minded point of view. The reader is left with the proper impression that numerous facts regarding this disease have accumulated and yet we do not have sufficient information to tie all the facts into a universally accepted etiological mechanism.

In my opinion, the majority of our leaders in the field of gastroenterology will take no major exception to the program of management presented in this book as regards uncomplicated duodenal ulcer. However, it is

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