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August 1941

Diseases of the Digestive System.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1941;68(2):371. doi:10.1001/archinte.1941.00200080193014

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This book is written by fifty well known authors under the editorship of one. The list of contributors is a veritable "Who's Who" of modern gastroenterology.

The format is agreeable; the illustrations are clear, and the bibliography at the end of each chapter is well selected. The arrangement of the reading matter follows orthodox lines: a preface apologizing for the multiplicity of writers; a brief history of the knowledge of gastrointestinal disease; chapters on the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal tract, and then a succession of articles dealing with almost every phase of how food is or is not digested under abnormal conditions within the abdominal cavity, down to discussions of water brash, whip-worm, white bile and Widal hemoclastic shock.

There are two ways of regarding a book of this type. Admittedly, it represents hard work intelligently done. Without doubt, too, students and practitioners will read it, study it

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