August 1973

Chronic Duodenal Ulcer.

Author Affiliations

Brookline, Mass


Edited by C Wastell, MS, FRCS. Price, not given. Pp 284. Appleton-Century-Crofts Inc, New York, 1972.

Arch Surg. 1973;107(2):352. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350200212052

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As stated on the cover "this book is an attempt to collate knowledge of chronic duodenal ulcer particularly as it relates to clinical problems.... Of the five authors, three are surgeons, one a radiologist, and one a physician. Their multidiscipline perspective throws new light on many important problems in this field." Indeed the authors do succeed in their stated purpose of collating a great deal of information; however, little new light appears to have been added. The material is presented in an orderly manner and covers pathology, diagnosis, therapy–both surgical and medical—and complications. It closely follows what is found in the usual medical and surgical texts dealing with duodenal ulcer. Some of the recommendations seem to be dogmatic and based on case series selected to support the authors' opinions. For example, many surgeons would not agree to a need for slowing the rate of gastric emptying into the jejunum

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