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February 24, 1984

Precancerous Lesions of the Gastrointestinal Tract

JAMA. 1984;251(8):1096-1097. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340320072038

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This book is the product of an international symposium on "Precancerous Lesions of the Gastrointestinal Tract." The editors express a hope that it will interest clinicians, researchers, gastroenterologists, and specialists in gastrointestinal (GI) tract cancer. Surprisingly, there is indeed something to interest this diverse audience. There are chapters and sections of chapters with clearly defined titles that will appeal to most clinicians and researchers in the field.

The first section covers general etiologic principles and provides a nice overview of genetic and environmental factors that have been recognized as playing a role in the pathogenesis of GI tract malignant neoplasms. It is written concisely enough for those who want a broad introduction and is thoroughly referenced for those with specific research interests. It also serves as an introduction to the more detailed chapters that follow. The next two sections cover specific areas of the intestinal tract, starting at the esophagus