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April 6, 1970

Gastroenterologic Medicine

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago Chicago

JAMA. 1970;212(1):161. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170140117041

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This massive book was intended to fill the need for a single comprehensive volume covering disorders of the alimentary canal, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. The text consists of 67 chapters of variable format, length, and quality. Each chapter is preceded by a brief outline of contents and many have extensive referencing. Overlapping, repetition, conflicts, and omissions are inherent problems whenever topics are presented independently by 85 authors with physiological, pathological, roentgenological, medical, or surgical orientations. While the contributors for the most part have emphasized a practical approach to etiology, diagnosis, course, and treatment of gastroenterologic disorders, it is necessary to rely on the index and frequent editorial footnotes to find all the available material on certain subjects, eg, pernicious anemia.

There are interesting chapters on the history of gastroenterology and applied physiology of the digestive organs, while the clinical interrelationships and gastrointestinal features of disorders involving other organ systems are