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July 1914

Diseases of the Stomach, Including Dietetic and Medicinal Treatment.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1914;XIV(1):143. doi:10.1001/archinte.1914.00070130150010

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In the preface of this book, the author states his intention, to "describe the diseases of the stomach as he has happened to see them." From this viewpoint the book is thoroughly satisfactory and deserving of hearty commendation. Moreover, such a presentation possesses a flavor of individuality and originality most welcome in an age of somewhat hackneyed disease description.

There are, however, inherent criticisms in such an endeavor applicable here as elsewhere. For the author in giving his own individual experiences fails to give critical consideration to the views of other workers in the same field, thereby omitting valuable clinical and experimental studies. This failure to include recent literature, while confessedly foreign to the author's intention, still detracts from the permanency of the book as an authoritative presentation of the subject. In other words, one misses the judicial impersonal weighing of the many problems in gastric disease, "the

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