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With disturbing frequency surgery intended to treat definitively the ravages of peptic disease merely replaces old problems with new ones. The authors—one a surgeon, the other an internist—review in detail the adverse consequences of vagotomy and of gastrectomy, including clinical presentations, causes, and management. A separate section on diagnostic procedures, which includes radiologic studies, endoscopy, secretory studies, and tests for malabsorption, is particularly helpful.
The text is well organized and is written with attention to detail as well as broad concepts. The authors are careful to review critically the literature, which is compiled in bounteous reference lists, and then summarize
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Postgastrectomy and Postvagotomy Syndromes.. Ann Intern Med. 1981;94:146. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-1-146_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(1):146.
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