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Originally published as a mimeographed outline of gastroenterology for medical students, this text has been prepared as an introduction to gastroenterology. In addition to expanding the text, the author, with the help of Kyo R. Lee, has selected an excellent assortment of roentgenographs to emphasize the key diagnostic features of a number of lesions. The illustrations represent one of the strong points of the book. The literary style of the text is somewhat unrefined and still shows too much of the outline format. It thus suffers by comparison with comparable publications by F. Avery Jones et al (Clinical Gastroenterology, ed 2. Philadelphia, FA Davis Co, 1968.) and E. D. Palmer (Clinical Gastroenterology, ed 2. New York, Paul B Hoeber Inc, 1963).
Of more importance than criticism of the literary style is concern over some of the ideas the author expouses. Gastric analysis is still presented in terms of "free acid"
Wells R. Essentials of Gastroenterology. Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(1):173. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310070175026
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