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March 6, 1972

Histopathologic Spectrum of Regional Enteritis and Ulcerative Colitis

JAMA. 1972;219(10):1349. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190360055036

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This book makes an important contribution because it brings together in one spot a thoughtful summary of the literature of inflammatory bowel disease together with some first-rate photographs of gross and microscopic lesions of regional enteritis and ulcerative colitis.

Writing his book from the vantage point of the morphologist, Dr. Mottet, who is professor of pathology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, has utilized pathologic material as his main criteria. His instructions on how to carry out an examination of the intestines should be mandatory reading for pathologists. If the clinician finds him overly certain of his ability to separate regional enteritis from ulcerative colitis with "less than 5%" of cases remaining indeterminate, then at least a comforting sense of faith may be engendered, even if this is more appropriate to the 1960s than to the 1970s. Despite references dated as late as 1970, the bulk