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June 25, 1982

Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, vol 2: Stomach and Duodenum, Incisions, Sutures; vol 3: Colon, Anorectal Tract

JAMA. 1982;247(24):3364. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320490060047

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This is the second edition of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, volume 2, The Stomach and Duodenum, and volume 3, Colon and Anorectal Tract. It is extremely interesting to compare the contents of these books with the authors' previous volumes published in 1955. The progress during these years in physiology, diagnostic procedures, surgical equipment, surgical techniques, antibiotics, and preoperative and postoperative care has been almost monumental.

Appreciating that some time elapses between writing and publishing a book, it was surprising to find such complete discussions and descriptions in volume 2 of the latest diagnoses as well as equipment for gastric intubation, gastroscopy, peritoneoscopy, and laparoscopy. Complete descriptions of the gastrointestinal tubes and their uses are given in detail. Diagrams as well as photographs of endoscopic instruments and findings are remarkably clear and descriptive. All of this can also be said of the section on the duodenum.

Volume 3, Colon and