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Endoscopic Interpretation: Normal and Pathologic Appearances of the Gastrointestinal Tract.

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By Blackstone Michael. . 575 pages. Raven Press; , New York: , 1984.. $115.

Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(4):570. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-102-4-560_1
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Directed at and limited in usefulness to practitioners of gastrointestinal endoscopy, this is a first-class atlas. Well-referenced and with excellent endoscopic photographs, a major strength of the book is its integration of normal anatomic variation with diverse upper and lower gastrointestinal pathologic characteristics seen through the endoscope. Moreover, there is abundant text description and some histologic correlation to keep both the novice and experienced endoscopist from misinterpreting similar endoscopic abnormalities that can result from diverse causes. As an example, Blackstone stresses that esophageal pseudomembrane can be the result of not only reflux and eosinophilic gastroenteritis, but also infectious agents, toxins,


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