Case Presentations in Gastrointestinal Disease

Michael O. Blackstone, MD
JAMA. 1985;254(9):1226-1227. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360090118034.
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Gastroenterology,  by Gary Gitnick (Medical Outline Series), 360 pp, with illus, paper, $25, New Hyde Park, NY, Medical Examination Publishing Co Inc, 1985.Case Presentations consists mainly of 60 cases, most disorders of the large and small intestine and hepatobiliary system; a smaller number present esophageal, gastric, and pancreatic conditions.The well-constructed, interesting cases will often challenge even an experienced gastroenterologist's diagnostic acumen. They are well designed for medical students, house officers, and trainees in gastroenterology as well as for any physician who, with a moment or two to spare, would enjoy solving a short diagnostic puzzle.The questions are relatively brief and straightforward. The discussion of the cases is one of the book's strongest points, providing a pertinent, accurate review for a wide variety of conditions, such as achalasia, esophageal webs and rings, the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, and antibiotic-associated colitis, to name a few. Some may find the British terminology


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