Medicine: Intestinal Plumbing

For several years surgeons of the Mayo Clinic "have been becoming more & more fearful of operating on the keen, nervous, active, hard-living, 'go-getting', sales-manager type of man" who comes to them with an intestinal ulcer. That type is apt to develop another ulcer soon after the operation. Especially is this so if the man is of Jewish ancestry. The Jew seems to be particularly subject to a severe type of recurrent ulcer. Dr. Walter Clement Alvarez, Mayo internist, makes these observations in a thoroughgoing review of peptic ulcer, published last week in...

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