This monograph on surgery of the esophagus adequately presents the practically important present knowledge concerning the commonly encountered esophageal lesions. Advances in diagnosis and new conceptions of the incidence of certain diseases of the esophagus gained through improved methods of study, such as esophagoscopy, roentgen examination and biopsy, are discussed, and the modern methods of endoscopic and operative treatment are described.
Peptic ulcer of the esophagus is presented as a lesion occurring more frequently than is generally realized. The method of treating this condition is discussed, with special reference to the topical application of silver nitrate solution. In the chapter on esophageal diverticula the methods of diagnosis are well presented. The outline of treatment includes the description and recommendation of a one-stage operation suggested by the author. The theories concerning the etiology of mega-esophagus are presented, and in addition to a consideration of diagnosis, the various methods of dilation and