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Bouchier has attempted to present information regarding laboratory tests for the practicing physician which pertain to the gastrointestinal tract. Perhaps this small text will be of value elsewhere in the world, but its worth to the American-trained doctor is questionable.
For example, eight pages are devoted to intubation techniques, while the equivalent of a page is used to discuss "the diagnosis of bleeding in the cirrhotic patient" without mention of endoscopy.
Most laboratory gastrointestinal tests are listed, but there is insufficient detail for the novice and too much detail regarding isotopic techniques, which require special laboratories. In summary, it is a short review for a short English text which provides interesting reading but little practical value for the American physician.
Hollan OR. Clinical Investigation of Gastrointestinal Function. Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(2):345. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310080151049
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