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June 12, 1967

Abdomen and Rectum and Anus

Author Affiliations

Oakland, Calif

JAMA. 1967;200(11):1004-1005. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120240132047

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Despite its ungainly title, Abdomen and Rectum and Anus is a gracefully written text. Containing 56 chapters contributed by 41 authors, it is volume 10 of a 17-volume work entitled Clinical Surgery, and is essentially a treatise on abdominal surgery.

The book is divided into two parts. The first, devoted to surgery of the abdomen, contains a systematic coverage of the usual surgical topics. Outstanding chapters include discussions of abdominal incisions, abdominal hernia, peptic ulceration of the esophagus, achalasia of the cardia, intestinal obstruction, Hirschsprung's disease, liver abscess, regional enteritis, carcinoma of the gallbladder, pancreatitis, portal hypertension, and tumors of the liver. The second part is devoted to surgical diseases of the rectum and anus. The reader will find few fundamental differences between British surgical thought as presented here and American surgical practice.

The book's distinguishing feature is its "Britishness": the writing of our English colleagues is often vigorous and