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August 27, 1982

Frontiers in General Surgery

Author Affiliations

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City


edited by D. W. Jirsch, 390 pp, 141 illus, $35, Philadelphia, FA Davis Co, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(8):995-996. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330080069046

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This book is a collection of wellwritten reviews of current topics that represent the changing complexion of general surgical practice today. The editor, D. W. Jirsch, has selected a broad range of interesting subjects, discussed by 24 contributors who represent the specialties of oncology and radiology as well as general surgery.

The topics covered are endoscopy, computed axial tomography, angiography, oncofetal antigens, adjuvant therapy, gastrointestinal (GI) tract and breast carcinoma, hyperalimentation, drug therapy in peptic ulcer disease, surgical treatment of ascites, the continent ileostomy, and supraampullary biliary obstruction. Each chapter is a well-written, free-standing review with an introduction and summary and extensive references. The tables, diagrams, and pictures are adequate for the topics covered. The editor has achieved a remarkable consistency between the chapters, which ties the book together. Each chapter is written in an easily readable style that seems well suited to the practicing clinical surgeon, but may be