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As the editor of this book indicates, the purpose of orificial probings with tubes and instruments is similar to the surgeon's exploratory surgery though the abdominal wall in that the observations of both aim to establish the cause of gastrointestinal ills. As with the surgical approach, a rigid adherence to technique by those doing these probings is essential if the observations are to be significantly productive and reproducible.
This book, parts of which were available in manual form to gastroenterology fellows at the Cleveland Clinic, describes the technique of various gastrointestinal diagnostic procedures, their indications and contraindications, and includes a limited amount of interpretative data. Nurse's notes after each procedure outline the necessary equipment, preparation, and postprocedural routines. This section alone will be invaluable in many facilities and emphasizes again the analogy to surgery where especially trained and well-informed personnel enhance the success of the procedure.
Many chapters have introductory
Taebel DW. Diagnostic Procedures in Gastroenterology. JAMA. 1968;203(5):370. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140050054022
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