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March 14, 1977

Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract, Disorders of the Liver, Nutritional Disorders

JAMA. 1977;237(11):1156. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270380100036

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As medical knowledge has expanded, so has the heft of standard textbooks of medicine, to the point where lap support is almost impossible without risk to the abdominal contents. Perhaps because of this, the publishers of this new textbook of medicine have presented it in multiple volumes, each of which is conveniently sized and easy to handle. The first volume deals with digestive, liver, and nutritional diseases. The authors, well known for their expertise in their particular topics, have certainly been able to project current concepts into the subject matter.

Each organ system is discussed according to basic concepts relating to anatomy and physiology, diagnostic techniques to evaluate that particular organ system, and the differential approach to clinical syndromes related to that organ. Finally, specific diseases of the organ itself are discussed separately. It is with the basic concepts where the authors are most adept at succinctly and comprehensively presenting