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The selection of the title for this book is probably unfortunate. While peptic ulcer is a convenient term, it does not convey a precise meaning. The foreword states that the phrase as used includes ulcers found in that portion of the intestinal tract extending from the esophagus to the jejunum inclusive as well as in Meckel's diverticulum. But as might be expected the greater portion of the book is devoted to a discussion of ulcers of the duodenum and stomach. The distinction between gastric and duodenal ulcer should be sharply drawn. It is better to speak of duodenal ulcers and benign gastric ulcers as two separate entities. There is, of course, no place for the medical management of a malignant ulcer, a fact which in itself sets off the ulcer, in the stomach from that in the duodenum. The authors also divide ulcers into simple and complicated types. Since the
Peptic Ulcer: Its Diagnosis and Treatment. JAMA. 1947;133(16):1249. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880160075030
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