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October 1963

Intestinal Biopsy.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(4):630-632. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860040226037

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Intestinal Biopsy is a misleading title for this book which externally looks like a manual of methods and interpretation of peroral biopsies. Actually it is a series of six papers with extensive discussion by established investigators in the field of intestinal malabsorption and deals primarily with celiac (nontropical) sprue and tropical sprue. Methods of performing intestinal biopsies are only mentioned in passing, but interpretations with various techniques (dissecting microscopy, conventional microscopy, and electron microscopy) are discussed in some detail. There is no attempt systematically to describe the intestinal changes in various conditions associated with the malabsorption syndrome, but a few pertinent comments on some of these conditions other than sprue are considered in the discussions, eg, regional enteritis, intestinal lymphangiectasis, lymphoma. Whipple's disease is not even listed in the index.

The papers presented are as follows:

1. Dissecting microscope appearances of intestinal mucosa (C. C. Booth, J. S. Stewart, R. Holmes,

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