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The demand for detailed information in a short and compact form is being met by a large number of works of the kind Dr. Maclean has produced. Considerable attention is devoted to the anatomy and physiology of the stomach. Other chapters are devoted to the fractional test meal, peptic ulcer, carcinoma, the general consideration of the examination of gastric contents and feces, radiologic examination, and a general consideration of treatment. On the whole, the presentation of the subject is fairly complete for a work of its size. One cannot agree with the author in many of his statements. The typical acid curve, arrived at from many fractional test meal examinations, has been shown recently to be more apparent than real. Aspirations of stomach contents taken within a few minutes of one another, with a change in the position of the tube or change in posture of the patient, have shown
Modern Views on Digestion and Gastric Disease.. JAMA. 1926;87(16):1326. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680160074038