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October 1972

Spezielle Pathologische Anatomie

Arch Surg. 1972;105(4):660. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180100099024

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This is an encyclopedic work on the pathological anatomy of the esophagus and the stomach. The length of some of the chapters indicates the size of this undertaking! One hundred thirty pages are concerned with gastric and duodenal ulcers and about 120 pages with gastric carcinoma. The discussion is thorough, with great emphasis on recent world literature. (A well-organized bibliography comprises about 200 pages.) Twenty-two pages are devoted to the discussion of cytology of the stomach and almost 100 pages to the postoperative stomach.

The striking feature of the book, however, is the clinical trend which permeates the discussions. Examples of some of the chapter subjects may indicate this: physiology (motoric, secretion of mucus, enzymes, hormone secretion, intrinsic factor, ABO group antigens, gastrin, hydrocholoric acid secretion, phases of stomach secretions, inhibition of stomach secretions, and histamine), and a large chapter on disturbances of circulation and hemorrhage.

In spite of its

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