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This book offers an unusual collection of papers on many important aspects of gastroenterology. The authors, in the main, are distinguished specialists from various countries. Part 1 is made up of contributions on nonmalignant conditions of the esophagus and deals with normal and abnormal motility of the esophagus, organic disorders, radiologic findings, clinical aspects of incompetence of the cardia, and premalignant conditions of the alimentary tract. Part 2 covers gastric physiology, hepatic coma, liver and biliary tract diseases, the cause and treatment of peptic ulcer, carcinoidosis, and celiac disease. There are papers dealing with precancerous conditions and their diagnosis, the relationship between peptic ulcer and hypoglycemia, and metabolic studies after extensive gastro-intestinal resections. Part 3 is devoted entirely to ulcerative colitis.
While it can hardly be said that the essayists of the Congress presented any profound contributions to the subject of gastroenterology, the Congress served to bring together distinguished specialists
International Congress of Gastroenterology. Fifth Meeting of l'Association des sociétés européennes et méditerranéennes de gastro-entérologie, London, July 18-21, 1956. JAMA. 1957;165(6):761. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980240119035
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