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May 1955

Ulcerative Colitis and Its Surgical Treatment.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;95(5):761-762. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.00250110131018

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This profusely illustrated and handsomely made book is written by a surgeon from the surgical point of view, although the role of a team in the management of ulcerative colitis is set forth clearly. Much emphasis is given to the differentiation of ulcerative colitis from ileocolitis and from proctosigmoiditis and granular proctitis, since surgical therapy is employed with benefit chiefly if not exclusively in ulcerative colitis. The role of psychosomatic factors is deposed of in four lines. The best and indeed the major portions of the work deal with the technical aspects of operative procedures, the risks, the complications, and the great importance of preoperative and postoperative management in effecting useful results. The large number of colored reproductions of microscopic sections is a notable feature of the volume which will appeal generally to surgeons but which should be in every reference library and in the hands of all working in

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