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August 1976

Surgery of Peptic Ulcer

Arch Surg. 1976;111(8):930. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360260098033

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Doctor Menguy's book on peptic ulcer disease is a good one. The initial chapter on the anatomy and physiology of the stomach is particularly instructive and concise. His evaluation of the appropriate interpretation of various gastric analyses is most helpful; his description of the conditions often associated with peptic ulcer disease is also good and covers the somewhat complicated subject of multiple endocrinopathy simply. In the chapter on medical management of peptic ulcer, there may be those who disagree with his use of calcium carbonate, but he does emphasize the dangers of its use.

There are also chapters on the history and techniques of peptic ulcer surgery. I, however, happen to feel that the Heineke-Mikulicz pyloroplasty is quite satisfactory, while Dr Menguy believes it is not as good as the Finney or Jaboulay. There are excellent sections on selective and parietal cell vagotomy and their relative comparative values.

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