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December 1953

Diseases of the Esophagus.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1953;58(6):771. doi:10.1001/archotol.1953.00710040798022

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This book has the virtues and vices inherent in a brief presentation of any subject. While the important subjects are covered, in many instances they are not covered with sufficient detail for the proper understanding of the problems involved. As would be expected from a book written by a man primarily interested in thoracic surgery, the greatest attention is given to those diseases which are ordinarily treated by the thoracic surgeon. In these areas the book speaks with clarity and authority. The lack of balance is demonstrated by the brevity and lack of detail of such subjects as esophagitis, peptic ulcer, and foreign bodies. The outstanding virtue of the book is the excellent use which is made of the fine illustrations, particularly the drawings. It is because of the drawings that the brief character of the book is made possible. If for nothing else, the excellent choice and quality of

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