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August 1950

Intestinal Intubation.

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By Meyer O. Cantor, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S. Price, $7.50. Pp. 333, with 147 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1949.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1950;86(2):312. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230140148012

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This finely printed, profusely and beautifully illustrated monograph tells all there is to know about intestinal intubation. There is the history of intubation from the earliest times; the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract from the standpoint of intubation is described; technic is outlined, and clinical indications are thoroughly discussed. There is a comprehensive bibliography and several indexes.

One wonders, however, whether it is really necessary to have a whole book on every detail of medical and surgical practice. The production of highly specialized monographs no doubt serves a useful purpose, but few men can afford to buy many volumes at current prices. Furthermore, many technical monographs are soon out-of-date as a procedure is improved or loses favor. Be this as it may, the present treatise is undoubtedly the last word in the way of a reference book on the subject of intubation and includes between two covers a great garner

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