Peptic ulcer of the stomach and duodenum is an important cause of morbidity and exerts an increasing social and economic effect in our time. A concise readable presentation of the subject, such as is given in this compact treatise, is therefore timely and valuable.
No attempt is made by the author to evaluate or even mention all the literature, which is indeed immense, that bears upon the subject of peptic ulcer. Rather, an attempt has been made to include the more important articles that have appeared through the years, leaving the greater share of the text for an expression of the author's own viewpoint, attained by a lengthy and rich experience with the clinical and surgical aspects of the disease.
The introductory chapters give a concise and understandable introduction to the physiologic, anatomic, and pathologic aspects of the problem. This material is presented in such a way as to be