December 1983

Precancerous Lesions of the Gastrointestinal Tract

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edited by Paul Sherlock, Basil C. Morson, Luigi Barbara, and Umberto Veronesi, $42.50, New York, Raven Press, 1983.

Arch Surg. 1983;118(12):1449. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1983.01390120069019

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This book is drawn from a symposium on precancerous lesions of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract held in October 1981. It consists of contributions from 52 authors from around the world and is divided into four sections. Section 1 provides a general overview and reviews factors such as environment and genetics. Section 2 deals in detail with high-risk conditions in the esophagus and stomach and provides a thorough analysis of current knowledge on both high-risk predisposing conditions and epidemiology, as well as a review of experimental studies pertaining to the pathogenesis of gastric and esophageal cancer. Section 3 covers the small intestine and colon in a similar fashion. A fourth section dealing with general considerations of cancer screening concludes the work.

This volume presents a great deal of information; however, the overall organization of the material does not allow smooth transition from chapter to chapter. Some of the experimental topics seem

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