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August 29, 1977

Topics in Gastroenterology

JAMA. 1977;238(9):978. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280100062032

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A postgraduate course in gastroenterology is given annually in Oxford. This volume represents a written version of the lectures given in a recent course, apparently in 1976. The major topics covered were (1) viral hepatitis, (2) reflux esophagitis and hiatal hernia, (3) radioisotopes in gastroenterology, and (4) a number of miscellaneous topics, which included discussions of computerized tomography, the H2 receptor antagonists, the action of salicylazosulfapyridine (Azulfidine), gastric mucus and carbenoxolone sodium, and the prevention of infection after gastrointestinal surgery. The book is well printed and easy to read. One minor defect is the failure to publish pathology slides in color; they certainly lose much of their effect in shades of gray.

The longest section was that devoted to radioisotopes in gastroenterology. Although there certainly were areas of interest reviewed, much of the presentation is of only marginal value to most gastroenterologists, internists, and general practitioners. There were rather long