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June 1940

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases of the Esophagus.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;31(6):1037. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660011052017

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Dr. Porter P. Vinson's book is indeed a much needed and worthy contribution to the present medical literature. The book is subdivided into sixteen chapters. The style is straightforward and clear. The book should be read by many members of the medical profession in general practice, so that they may become better acquained with the large variety of esophageal lesions and especially with the fact that although malignant growth is always to be suspected, many other conditions may exist which are benign and respond to treatment.

The reviewer has the greatest respect for Dr. Vinson's conservative attitude in regard to the treatment of these conditions, for esophagoscopy is a delicate method and surrounded with danger even in the hands of the best trained physician. On the other hand, the reviewer is not in direct accord with some of Dr. Vinson's ideas, especially on the differential diagnosis of esophageal lesions by

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