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March 1940

Clinical Gastroenterology.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;65(3):659. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190090196012

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This book is printed on an excellent quality of paper; the type is better than average, and the illustrations are generally good. Unfortunately, the material contained in the book does not measure up to the standards set by the publisher.

The author discusses diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. He includes, of course, diseases of the liver and biliary system and the pancreas. The content is principally the author's personal opinions and is mainly the result of his own large experience. Nothing particularly new is offered, although many portions of the book may be called novel. The advice that granulocytopenia be treated by intensive administration of neoarsphenamine will cause many hematologists to shudder. Arsenic is under consideration as a cause of neutropenia, not as a cure.

The tirade against milk is an example of wishful, but hardly scientific, reasoning.

The discussion of the various dyspepsias (a poor term at best) leaves

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