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August 1960

An Atlas of Esophageal Motility in Health and Disease.

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By Charles F. Code, M.D., Ph.D.; Brian Creamer, M.D., and Jerry F. Schlegel, B.S. Price, $8.50. Pp. 134, with 69 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1958.

Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(2):304. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820020144021

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Much of the basic physiology of esophageal motility has been elucidated by Dr. Charles Code and his co-workers at the Mayo Clinic. This atlas is a summary of their investigations of esophageal motion in health and disease. The atlas is beautifully done. It is printed on high-grade paper; the type is large and readable, and the illustrations are numerous. The meat of the volume is in the pressure tracings, which are well designed and easy to interpret. The motor activity of the esophagus is described both in the resting state and during deglutition in the normal situation and in patients with diseases affecting the esophagus. Pressure tracings were obtained from single pressure-sensing devices, such as the Gauer electromagnetic pressure transducer, and multiple devices, such as liquid-filled catheters attached to external transducers. The methodology is carefully explained and illustrated. In general, a short bit of text precedes each pressure tracing and