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The publication of the 13th Hahnemann Symposium represents the work of 65 contributors. The format alone makes the book worthwhile. The volume includes papers on related areas in the esophagus and the duodenum, though the duodenum is discussed only from the point of view of the inhibitory mechanisms affecting gastric secretion and the therapy of duodenal ulcer, both medical and surgical. There is much duplication not only of journal articles—which is understandable—but also of recent monographs related to peptic ulcer and gastric secretion—which is unfortunate. The chapter on the esophagus encompasses a discussion of methodology as well as a review of esophageal physiology in the elaboration of clinical syndromes. The chapter on gastric physiology covers the topic incompletely, but the subtopics that are superficially covered have bibliographies that are both adequate and representative.
A discussion of gastritis and pylorospasm, the discussion of functional gastrointestinal problems, and a chapter on the
Rovelstad RA. The Stomach, Including Related Areas in the Esophagus and the Duodenum. JAMA. 1967;201(3):212. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130030082037
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