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February 1934

Les grandes hémorragies gastro-duodénales. Étude Médico-Chirurgicale.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1934;53(2):321-322. doi:10.1001/archinte.1934.00160080158009

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This work is in accord with the French custom of treating a circumscribed aspect of medicine in monographic form. All types of gastroduodenal bleeding are discussed with the greatest thoroughness from every possible standpoint-clinical, anatomic, therapeutic and surgical. There are detailed case reports and many illustrations. While a great amount of valuable material is assembled, one may make the criticism that very little is brought out which is not, or at least should be, common knowledge even among junior medical students, and a good many points are labored at undue length. The book contains a mine of material, however, and seems to give the last word on the subject. A good deal of discussion is devoted to indications for surgical intervention in cases of bleeding from the stomach. The authors point out that erosions of large arteries rarely heal spontaneously, and that the bleeding point should be ligated. They also

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