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August 23, 1941

Diseases of the Digestive System: A Text-Book for Students and Practitioners

JAMA. 1941;117(8):657-658. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820340079031

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This is a rather unusual book. It is essentially an eclectic presentation of lectures on the digestive system and a mass experiment in mnemonics. It is difficult to evaluate the lavish use of color and geometric design of the author's diagrammatic attempts to fix signs, symptoms and their association for the reader. Undoubtedly this method of presentation was developed by years of teaching experience. Whether it will have the same value in a textbook as it had in the class room can be decided only by the reader. The text is divided into five chapters covering diseases of the esophagus, diseases of the stomach and intestinal tract, diseases of the liver and biliary tract, diseases of the pancreas and diseases of the peritoneum. The material is not an epitomized version of a text-book on this subject. It apparently represents the author's rich clinical experience carefully organized and dogmatized for effective

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