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April 26, 1965

Hirschsprung's Disease: Congenital Intestinal Aganglionosis

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn

JAMA. 1965;192(4):336-337. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080170064036

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Should a dissertation be published as an original paper, review article, or book, or remain in relative obscurity in the university library? Dr. Madsen has chosen to publish his observations on Hirschsprung's disease in a monograph. In it the information is presented in logical sequence; illustrations are above average, and the references are comprehensive. The translation is adequate, but simple errors in spelling and grammar cause irritation, while more concise use of the English language and greater discrimination between the data would substantially shorten the book.

Dr. Madsen pays tribute to his fellow Dane by perpetuating the term Hirschsprung's disease, although pointing out that other authorities described the disorder earlier. A choice from nomenclatures which indicate the concept of ganglion deficiency in the bowel would seem more appropriate. The clinical material comprises 157 patients and is therefore an important addition to the literature, although the diagnosis is supported by histological

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