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February 21, 1977

Radiology of the Small Intestine

Author Affiliations

Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore

JAMA. 1977;237(8):808-809. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270350068034

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Not until 1970, when the first edition of this book was published, had radiology of the small intestine received the attention commensurate with the clinical importance of disorders involving this segment of the intestinal tract. The interest was mostly limited to obstructive pathology, whereas conditions leading to malabsorption were considered indistinguishable from each other and frequently referred to as motility disorders.

Since Marshak's classical description of the radiological manifestations of regional enteritis, ulcerative colitis, and lymphosarcoma, much progress has been made in the recognition of these disorders affecting the small intestine. However, most importantly, in recent years, the radiological characteristics of diseases associated with malabsorption have been identified, and differential diagnostic criteria within this category of disorders have been established. The authors themselves have made many important contributions to this group of malabsorption disorders; their description is lucid and beautifully illustrated.

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