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July 1, 1955

Surgery of the Caecum and Colon.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;96(1):136. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.04430010150021

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Mr. Aylett's textbook on surgery of the cecum and colon is an exposition of current practice at the Gordon Hospital in London.

Starting with brief sections on the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the large intestine, he proceeds to a detailed discussion of the symptoms, diagnosis, and management of the various surgical diseases of the colon. The commoner diseases are discussed in great detail, while rarer conditions are given little space. Occasionally, as in discussing hemangiomata, he effectively handles the subject by describing the symptomatology and management of illustrative cases. At other times he dismisses rare lesions, such as carcinoids, with a brief paragraph and reference to authoritative source material. The text is well organized and beautifully printed. There are abundant illustrations, some in color. The bibliography is entirely adequate and up-to-date.

The book's strength lies in is abundant line and wash drawings and in the clarity with which the

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