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Even though the perspective of the reviewer always plays a major role in the assessment that emerges, I have attempted to portray as accurately as possible the place this book is likely to occupy in the library of a variety of interested physicians. This book is a fine and valuable contribution because it presents a comprehensive coverage of the many facets of inflammatory diseases of the intestine. For the surgeon, it offers a broad view of the field with special emphasis on the nonsurgical aspects of the subject.
The chapters dealing with surgical matters provide an excellent overview for the internist or gastroenterologist, but are not generally detailed enough for the surgeon interested in technique. The house officer or student will, however, find this to be a superb reference work, particularly since the bibliography at the end of each chapter is selective and up to date. It is unfortunate that
SILEN W. Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Arch Surg. 1984;119(7):868. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390190104031
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