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More than 900 of this book's 1,323 pages are devoted to a section entitled "Description of Diseases." This section forms the backbone of the textbook. It contains long chapters on diseases of the luminal compartments of the gastrointestinal tract, starting with lips and mouth, as well as chapters on diseases of the liver, the gallbladder, pancreas, and peritoneum. Each chapter is complete and supported by a very up-to-date bibliography. The chapters are especially complete in discussions on diagnostic tests and choices of surgical therapy. In some chapters, discussion of medical treatment of diseases is somewhat brief. For example, regional enteritis consumed only five pages of text, and medical aspects of treatment were not dealt with in sufficient detail. Additional information on ulcerative colitis and granulomatous colitis would also have been desirable.
The remaining four sections were, in general, less significant. A section entitled "General Topics" could for the most part
BANKS PA. Gastroenterology. Arch Surg. 1974;108(2):254. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350260106043