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January 6, 1945

Diseases of the Digestive System

JAMA. 1945;127(1):55. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860010057024

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This newly revised and rearranged compendium is written by forty-eight different authors in the field of digestive diseases. The entire gastrointestinal tract, the liver, the gallbladder and the pancreas are discussed. There are separate chapters by recognized authors on the anatomy and physiology of the major organs. Chapters are devoted to gastrointestinal manifestations of cardiovascular, renal, urologic, neurogenic, psychosomatic, endocrinologic and allergic diseases. Excellent chapters on intestinal protozoal and metazoal infestations are included. In this new edition the psychosomatic aspects of digestive disease have been especially stressed. The writing of each chapter has been left to its particular author. This gives variety and freshness of approach but leads also to inequalities of treatment, varying from the extraordinarily concise chapter on linitis plastica, by Aaron, to the more diffuse chapter, by Gaither, on gallbladder disease. The majority of chapters are quite complete butconcise. The result is a small book, easily carried,

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