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Clinical Proctology

Karl Zimmerman, MD
JAMA. 1964;190(1):82. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070140088033.
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Written primarily for general practitioners and general surgeons, this book would also be a helpful text for medical students, interns, and residents. The sections on anatomy, physiology, and examination are basic, but minute details that would be of interest only to specialists in proctology have been omitted.

The route by which infection travels from the lumen of the bowel through the anal crypts and ducts to the anal glands and causes or aggravates such disorders as ulcers, abscesses, fistulas, hemorrhoids, and stenosis is described. Text and illustrations cover well the differential diagnosis of other anal and rectal conditions, and the color plates are exceptionally well chosen and reproduced. Many of the problems associated with the diagnosis and treatment of proctologic conditions, such as the use of cathartics, enemas, and suppositories, are dealt with in an efficient manner.

Most of the surgical procedures described are those that were used by Dr.

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