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Books, Journals, New Media
January 21, 2004


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(3):375-376. doi:10.1001/jama.291.3.375-b

The fourth edition of Textbook of Gastroenterology is completely updated and has an entirely new section on disease of the liver. Thirty percent of the authors are new. A goal of the editors is to provide all the basis needed to understand and manage gastroenterological conditions, and this goal has been met. The concept of encyclopedia of gastroenterology comes to mind, as does the adjective monumental, in reviewing these volumes.

The two volumes of text are divided into four parts. Basic mechanisms of normal and abnormal function occupy the first 28 chapters, followed by 29 chapters on approaches to common problems. Specific diseases are then covered in 76 chapters, and diagnostic and therapeutic modalities reviewed in 29 chapters. Each chapter is a stand-alone monograph. Four to ten headings subdivide the chapter and are boldly displayed in bright blue when the subject is discussed. Each chapter is richly enhanced with schematic drawings or cartoons simplifying complex relationships, pithy and pertinent tables of abstracted data, or lengthy tables that summarize the literature—on average more than one per page. Most chapters have a final paragraph summarizing the contents or future directions. Extensive full citation bibliographies are included.

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