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August 8, 1977

Progress in Peptic Ulcer

JAMA. 1977;238(6):519-520. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280060063031

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This book summarizes the proceedings of the 1976 meeting of the Third Conference on Experimental Ulcer. The topic is timely, since many advances are being made in research of peptic ulcer. The volume, published entirely in English, is a compendium of 51 papers presented at the conference. The editors have achieved their objective of presenting an up-to-date review on the investigation of peptic ulcer disease. Among the 774 pages of text and data, there are 124 pages of pertinent bibliography. References for each chapter are listed, and to me the bibliography seemed complete. Illustrations are plentiful and clear throughout the book. The text is, in general, also clear and well organized. Some of the illustrations are borrowed from prominent, contemporary sources, while others are original data.

The book has four main divisions. The first is an excellent presentation of the physiological, biochemical, and pharmacologic mechanisms of acid production. The second