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June 24, 1950

Handbook of Digestive Diseases

JAMA. 1950;143(8):775. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910430067035

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This is, on the whole, a satisfactory "concise presentation of the fundamental aspects of digestive diseases" approached on a sound physiologic basis. The most valuable chapter of the book is the second, which deals in a complete, practical manner with diagnosis by means of the history and physical examination. Earnest consideration of this chapter is urged on all physicians interested in gastroenterology, especially some of the younger men who are not adequately trained and, therefore, not sufficiently appreciative of the value of a well organized and properly interpreted history and an accurate, conscientious examination of the patient—fundamentals in diagnosis that are becoming entirely too perfunctory.

The chapter on peptic ulcer follows the usual conventional pattern, offering nothing new or stimulating. Of necessity, in a book so condensed, gastric and duodenal ulcers are discussed as a common entity which may well not be the case. The final paragraph on vagotomy will

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