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February 1957

Praktische Gastroenterologie.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;99(2):319. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260020155029

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This concise book holds more than its title promises; not only does it cover the entire field of gastroenterology in a very clear and thorough manner, but it also gives most valuable technical hints for x-ray examinations. The pictures (although all positives, probably for economic reasons) are outstanding in their instructiveness for the clinician. I'm sure, they are also a joy for the radiologist. I have read the chapters concerning "deformities of the gallbladder," "spontaneous rupture of the esophagus," and "jaundice" with exceptional pleasure. Any practitioner is bound to benefit by the authors' presentation of the "early diagnosis of carcinoma of the stomach," and it is also refreshing to read the latest about regional enteritis without political shadings. The surgical approach of perforated ulcer causes the reader to ponder whether the European technique of two-third stomach resection, done whenever possible, might not be sounder than the usual American way of

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