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January 14, 1911

Diseases of the Stomach and Upper Alimentary Tract.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(2):148. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560020064035

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The contributions of American authors to the literature of gastric disorders have been notable from Beaumont's time to the present; several excellent works on diseases of the stomach by Americans are fit to rank with those of the best foreign authors. This series of notable works is worthily continued by the book under consideration. The results of modern investigation are fully presented, including a considerable amount which is original with the author. The anatomy and physiology of the digestive organs are considered in a brief but practical manner. The section on physiology includes a statement of the principles of nutrition and heat production. The methods of examination are exhaustively described. Bassler gives much credit to the method of auscultatory percussion which has been slightingly handled by some authors. This section of the book is illustrated by fifteen plates, showing x-ray pictures of the stomach in various conditions. Considerable light

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