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May 1989

The Esophagus: Medical and Surgical Management

Arch Surg. 1989;124(5):640. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1989.01410050130029

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This monograph is designed to provide the physician with a practical current evaluation of competing methods of diagnosis and treatment of patients with esophageal disease. It is far less pretentious than the books reviewed above. It focuses primarily on benign disease; only 20 pages concern cancer.

The 28 contributors from seven countries represent various clinical specialties. Each author provides a 4 to 10-page review of a single method of diagnosis or management of esophageal disease. Hill supervised the surgical chapters. Though he obviously favors his own operation for benign disease, he has seen to it that competing operations have enthusiastic advocates and are given a fair hearing.

The Seattle group, of which many of these authors are members, has had experience with more than 15 000 patients with esophageal disease and with over 2000 operations. These authors' well-documented clinical experience adds authority to their presentations.

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