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April 1969

A Better Life With Your Ulcer.

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Schooley's Mountain, NJ

 

By H. Phelps Potter, Jr., MD, FACP. Price, $3.95. Pp 90. Doubleday & Co., Inc., 277 Park Ave, New York 10017, 1968.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(4):476-477. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300140122039

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Abstract

No medical problem demands for successful treatment more exclusive interreaction between patient and his doctor than does ulcer disease. The two parties unfortunately must launch into their private therapeutic effort amidst an unusual amount of unsettling extrinsic pressure—the threatening advices on TV, the warnings in the lay press, the horror stories of friends and neghbors, the rejections by family, etc. Everyone has advice or warnings for the new ulcer patient, and many of them work against the efforts of the doctor.

This little book is intended to help the doctor educate the ulcer patient because "... there is too much for the busy physician to relate during an ordinary office visit." It relates the ultraclassical, aggressively rigid approach to dietary, drug, and abstinence treatment. There are repeated warnings and threats over the folly of assuming that the disease will ever be cured. The patient is told he must remain faithful to

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