April 1985

A Century of Ulcer Surgery: Medical and Surgical Therapy Today

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edited by H. Bürte and P. Langhans, Munich, Urban & Schwarzenberg, 304 pp, $44.50, 1984.

Arch Surg. 1985;120(4):505-506. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390280091022

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A century after Billroth's first successful gastric resection, Professor Bürte and Dr Langhans organized a symposium on peptic ulcer surgery in Munster, West Germany. This book is an English-language translation of the proceedings of the Oct 30, 1981 conference. The more than 150 authors represent the cutting edge of German and continental European gastric surgery.

Bürte leads off with the most fact-filled, easily understood history of surgery for peptic ulcer that I have ever read. The famous names of Billroth, Pean, Van Eiselberg, Doyen, and Finsterer fell into place in logical progression in a three-page historical review.

This paperback monograph is divided into six sections devoted to a critical review of nonoperative treatment, resective operative treatment, operations for recurrence, stress ulcer, complications of ulcer, and the risk of cancer.

Each of the 68 articles is tightly edited and extremely well translated. The presentations vary from two to five pages in

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