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Geriatric Gastroenterology

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By Sodeman William A. Jr., Saladin Thomas A., Boyd William P. Jr. . 224 pages. W.B. Saunders; , Philadelphia: 1989.. $35.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(1):88. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-113-1-88_1
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The writing of a brief, succinct medical book is commendable but quite difficult. The authors focus on the diagnosis and management of common gastroenterologic problems encountered in elderly patients by primary care physicians. The chapter on the esophagus includes the common problem of upper (transfer) dysphagia, dysmotility (transport) in the body, and reflux. A brief chapter on the stomach considers gastritis with emphasis on Campylobacter pylori (renamed Helicobacter pylori). The atypical history of peptic ulcer in elderly patients is emphasized as are bleeding and perforation. A chapter on the small bowel discusses malabsorption, inflammatory bowel disease, and vascular diseases. Fifty


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