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August 1946

Diagnostik und Therapie der Magen- Darmerkrankungen in Zwölf Vorlesungen (Diagnosis and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Diseases, in Twelve Lectures).

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1946;78(2):252. doi:10.1001/archinte.1946.00220020130009

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This beautifully printed volume presents a series of informal yet polished lectures on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum. The emphasis is on diagnosis, and there are many useful hints on the taking of histories, the physical examination and the interpretation of roentgenograms; in addition there is much that is instructive regarding the treatment of peptic ulcer, colitis and tumors, whether medical or surgical.

If the book has a defect, the defect is one which is shared with most medical literature of the present time and which ought to be outgrown in the near future, namely, a lack of appreciation of what medical statistics (in the best sense of the word) has to offer. An abundance of quantitative information is now becoming available from operations and necropsies and would often permit much more exact statements as to the relative frequencies of various

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