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March 1959

The Esophagus: Medical and Surgical Management.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(3):513. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270030169032

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The extensive experience of two men interested primarily in the endoscopic and surgical approaches to the esophagus is related in a clear, uncomplicated fashion in this well-printed volume. Emphasis is placed on detailed descriptions of various diagnostic and therapeutic maneuvers: the use of the rigid esophagoscope; the techniques, advantages, and hazards of bouginage; and operative procedures are thoroughly covered. Physiology is not stressed, and medical management is only sketchily presented, detracting from the over-all value of the book. The anatomical pictures, taken from a Ciba publication, are clear, but many of the x-ray reproductions are hazy and the abnormal findings not well delineated. The book will be particularly useful to those interested in the manipulative aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of esophageal disorders.

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