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September 2, 1939

Clinical Gastroenterology

JAMA. 1939;113(10):969. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800350079036

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This book is primarily a review of the author's clinical experiences in the treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. The personal touch is well emphasized in his instructions to patients. His methods of collecting laboratory data are peculiar to his own office practice. The text is amply illustrated. However, many of the x-ray films are obsolete, as evidenced by the presence of a ring to denote the position of the umbilicus on the plate. These, as the author does not state, are some of the older films of the late R. Walter Mills. The book is wanting in the newer and more modern scientific approach to the problems of gastro-enterology. It is of little value to the real student in gastro-enterology today and resembles a cursory "brush-up course" as given in some of the mediocre schools of graduate work. The book, as a whole, is simply and clearly written.

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