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February 25, 1956

Peptic Ulcer: Diagnosis and Treatment

JAMA. 1956;160(8):725. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960430115036

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This little book is an excellent review of the problem of peptic ulcer, both duodenal and gastric. The authors have discussed with commendable brevity all aspects of this lesion in a series of short monographs. They have quoted many of the most important and recent contributions to the subject, weaving them into the discussion in such a way as to present different points of view on most features. In some places they have given their own ideas of these varying opinions, while in others they have left the reader to draw his own conclusions. The clinical aspects are well described. Channel ulcer is particularly well elucidated. Psychotherapy, dietetic management, use of drugs, and surgical treatment are discussed comprehensively. The authors' view of the importance of hospitalization for most of the complications of peptic ulcer may appear to be excessive to many physicians with experience in treating ulcer patients. The economic

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