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February 19, 1910

Handbook of Diseases of the Rectum.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(8):642. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550340064032

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Dr. Hirschman has fairly hit the mark in his aim to produce a working hand-book discussing only those conditions of rectal disease which are amenable to treatment in office practice. The whole book is eminently practical, being devoid of fanciful theory or dubious pathology. The chapters on symptoms and the examination of patients are specially worthy of commendation. The author has also given a chapter to the consideration of the limitations of office treatment and the indications for other measures. Dr. John L. Jelks has contributed a valuable essay on dysentery and Dr. George W. Wagner a chapter on the clinical examination of the feces. The work is well illustrated and thoroughly to the point, but is marred by clumsy construction of sentences and inefficient proofreading.

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