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May 24, 1958

Office Gastroenterology

JAMA. 1958;167(4):523. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990210109019

This monograph, based on the personal experience of the author, should be of primary interest and value to the general practitioner and internist. Although the material is well organized and covers the specialty, depth is occasionally sacrificed for brevity and perspective is occasionally distorted in an attempt to present personal views with sincerity and integrity. An example is the author's emphasis that allergy is largely responsible for the exceedingly variable gastrointestinal symptoms, so often more conventionally attributed to functional gastrointestinal disorders. Another example is the author's belief in the value of the eradication of foci of infection in the prevention and relief of peptic ulcers. The first section consists of a plan of attack on gastrointestinal disease. This deals with the fundamentals of history taking, physical examination, and general physiology as a springboard for treatment. Other sections deal with the various diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, their symptoms, diagnosis, and

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