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.
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
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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