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December 1963

The Gastro-Oesophageal Junction.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(6):1006-1007. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860060218051

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At first glance, it seem that a book with this title and filled only with the author's personal observations and thoughts could not possibly run to some 350 pages. If the author is as versatile as Muller Botha, however, it can be done—and done quite well.

I know of no other source for descriptions of gross and microscopic anatomy of the gastroesophageal junctional area of some twenty-one different animal species, including such animals as hedgehogs, ferrets, moles, and bats. In addition, physiological studies are described in twelve of these species. It would have been helpful to know how many of each of these animals had been studied, or whether the descriptions were based on a single animal. The section on human embryological development of the esophagus and stomach is very clearly presented. Sections on methods of study, while brief, certainly demonstrate that the author has considerable technical competence and understands

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