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August 1986

Surgical Gastroenterology

Arch Surg. 1986;121(8):976. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1986.01400080124029

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It would be difficult to find two more antithetical texts on the same subject as this volume by a senior surgical consultant from Manchester and the multiauthored American text edited by Moody and five other young US academic colleagues. Taylor's book has almost a fin de siècle old-world charm. No nonsense about vasoactive intestinal polypeptide or intestinal hormones or worry about providing specific data of any kind, merely the conclusions that a senior clinical surgeon has come to after a long period of practice.

According to the preface, the book is designed for the FRCS candidate preparing for his examinations but is also to be helpful to those readying for the "American State Board Examinations," whatever those are. It could well be helpful to the former for it has broad, albeit necessarily superficial, scope. Manometry for esophageal reflux is dismissed as worthless in four sentences, for example; management of hemorrhage

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