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October 22, 1982

Manual of Gastroenterologic Procedures

Author Affiliations

Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital Chicago


edited by Douglas A. Drossman, 203 pp, with illus, paper, $12.50, New York, Raven Press, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(16):2057. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330160095046

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Manual of Gastroenterologic Procedures is a synopsis of most of the gastrointestinal (GI) diagnostic procedures currently used. It is of particular value in establishing written protocols for tests in hospital GI laboratories. It provides nurses, students, technicians, and house staff with a better understanding of the procedures and is a handy reference for those who do not often use them.

The monograph is meant to be neither a textbook of gastroenterology nor a course in endoscopy, but it contains useful information found in both. Each study is organized into sections as a clinical scientific experiment with introduction, indications, contraindications, preparation, equipment, procedure, postprocedure, complications, and interpretation. The simple line drawings, graphs, tables of normal values, and current references enhance the clarity and value of the text, which is written in outline form. The author's preference often is implied when several tests provide similar information, but controversial discussions are avoided. Certain