[Skip to Navigation]
August 1970

Clinical Investigation of Gastrointestinal Function.

Author Affiliations

San Antonio, Tex

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(2):345. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310080151049

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


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.

Add or change institution