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May 6, 1939

Les maladies de l'œsophage

JAMA. 1939;112(18):1861. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800180085049

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At first thought it would seem improbable that any one could write a book of 664 pages on the esophagus alone, but actually Dr. Terracol and seventeen collaborators have done the trick. What is even more remarkable is that an examination of certain chapters, such as the one on cardiospasm, reveals that a good deal more might well have been written. In fact, the main criticism one might bring against the book is that so little is written about the treatment of cardiospasm, which is the most common disease of the esophagus. The authors seem never to have heard of the Plummer dilator, which works beautifully in most cases, and they give some space to a discussion of the old transabdominal operation, which should probably never be used. Certainly if this book goes into a second edition the authors should describe the Plummer-Vinson technic and should show the tremendous advantages

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