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In the preface, the authors call attention to the difficulty of making a diagnosis of intestinal tuberculosis as well as of determining when the complication began. The work of the authors concerns itself especially with the use of the x-rays together with the barium meal and enema. No less than 5,542 patients have been examined by these methods with the result that 1,465 of them were found to be suffering with intestinal tuberculosis. Altogether, between 35,000 and 40,000 examinations were made; connected with the study were 190 necropsies—no small work, taken all in all. The value of the opaque meal is known to most medical men, at least to all who are occupied with the diagnosis and treatment of intestinal tuberculosis. Such will appreciate the vast amount of work done by the writers of this book. The authors have also included in their work a review of the extensive literature
Intestinal Tuberculosis: Its Importance, Diagnosis and Treatment. A Study of the Secondary Ulcerative Type.. JAMA. 1931;96(5):383. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720310073044
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