May 1989

Gastroesophageal Reflux

Author Affiliations

Denver, Colo


edited by G. G. J. Amieson and A. Duranceau, 281 pp, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1988.

Arch Surg. 1989;124(5):640. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1989.01410050130030

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Two experienced esophageal surgeons, one from Montreal, Canada, and the other from Adelaide, Australia, have edited this book. As the title indicates, coverage is limited to gastroesophageal reflux (GER). It is a tidy, extensively referenced, current review of the subject in the editorial style of a classic textbook. It starts with fundamentals and manages to mention most important controversial aspects of GER in a balanced, scholarly fashion. This book will appeal to students, residents, and primary physicians who only occasionally face esophageal problems. In contrast to several of the other books reviewed, these authors and editors are almost too polite to take sides in the obvious controversies concerning GER.

One cannot but wonder why the diametrically opposed methods for the operative management of GER seem to produce good to excellent result rates of 85% in the hands of its advocates, but show far less benefit when performed by many others.

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