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December 19, 1953

Peptic Ulcer: Pain Patterns, Diagnosis and Medical Treatment

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By Lucian A. Smith, A.B., M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota, and Andrew B. Rivers, M.A., M.D., M.S. Foreword by George B. Eusterman. Cloth. $12.50. Pp. 576, with 208 illustrations. Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc., 35 West 32nd St., New York 1, 1953.

JAMA. 1953;153(16):1492. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940330076026

This new book is intended to aid in the diagnosis of pepticulcer with a new approach to pain patterns involved in the various types of ulcer and their complications. The authors, with their additional contributors, have the extensive experience of the Mayo Clinic as their source of material. They have summarized the records from the Mayo Clinic and the recent literature on the subject. The basic discussion of the anatomy of pain, which is divided into somatic and visceral components, is both clear and detailed. There is an excellent discussion of the pathological anatomy—gross, microscopic, and roentgenologic. With each type of ulcer and complication of ulcer there appears a profuse illustration of the pain pattern, with numerous case histories to illustrate each type followed by a differential diagnosis.

Diseases of other organs anatomically related to the upper gastrointestinal tract are also differentially diagnosed from peptic ulcer. A discussion of the

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