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Painful syndromes of the epigastric region are difficult to write about, since they may be associated with a multitude of causes. It is not unusual, therefore, that two huge tomes of over 800 pages each were required to properly cover the material that these authors discussed. Discussion is detailed. The first 90 pages are devoted to an over-all discussion of the clinical forms associated with epigastric pain and the ulcer syndrome. Duodenal ulcer is discussed in great detail. Diagnostic and roentgenographic data on usual and unusual types of duodenal ulcers are also given.
Chapter 3, which deals with postbulbar ulcer, is particularly well written. Chapter 8 deals with treatment of the ulcer syndrome. It is well written, but the tremendous number of conflicting regimens mentioned might leave the reader confused. The indications for surgery are succinctly stated. The existence of such syndromes as "enterovesicle" and "enterohepatic" is still open to
Les syndromes douleureux de la région épigastrique. Tomes I et II. JAMA. 1952;149(7):715. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930240093032
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