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Stomach Surgery

Earle W. Wilkins Jr., MD
JAMA. 1970;213(9):1500-1501. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170350066033.
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Stomach Surgery describes one surgeon's lifelong endeavors in the field of gastric clinical research, surgical technology, and instrumentation. This is coupled with voluminous reference to past and present gastric surgeons and comparison of operative techniques.

The book has 28 chapters on a variety of aspects of gastric surgery. The reviewer was impressed with the detailed subject matter of chapter titles but confused by an unusual sequence, or perplexing lack of order. For instance, chapter 14 deals with complications of gastric surgery, but the techniques of gastrectomy are not presented until chapters 20 and 21. The arrangement of illustrations is unusual and at times confusing; they are arranged in five sequential sections of 14 to 28 pages each, with no easy reference to the written matter on the subject.

The value of the book lies in its practical aspects representing long personal experience, an ingenious interest in gastric instruments, and a


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