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November 4, 1922

The Surgical Treatment of Non-Malignant Affections of the Stomach.

JAMA. 1922;79(19):1633. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640190071042

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This work might properly be called a "library monograph" in that it consists in a general, although not too comprehensive, outline of gastric surgery. It deals particularly with the historical development of technical ideas, and with the exposition of the work of various men who have written on the subject. A number of criticisms are called for. References to recent literature are too few compared to the many references to literature antedating 1908 or thereabouts, describing procedures long since obsolete. Details of technic are not adequately described. The historical development of gastro-enterostomy is admirably given; description of the technic is poor. There is a brief discussion of jejunal ulcer; treatment is not discussed. In discussing congenital hypertrophic stenosis of the pylorus, the now almost universally used Rammstedt operation, is incidentally mentioned, but not described. Since the book deals with "nonmalignant affections of the stomach," the omission of malignancy of the

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