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November 15, 1976

Pediatric Clinical Gastroenterology

Author Affiliations

North Shore University Hospital Manhasset, NY

JAMA. 1976;236(20):2330. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270210056035

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Gastrointestinal Problems in the Infant, by Joyce Gryboski, 811 pp, 193 illus, $30, Canada $31.80, Philadelphia, Saunders, 1975.

Prior to 1971, there were no publications devoted exclusively to pediatric gastroenterology. In the latter half of 1975, both the above texts appeared and have indeed demonstrated that this specialty has come of age.

The second edition of Pediatric Clinical Gastroenterology has been significantly expanded to include such recent developments as new entities (eg, hepatitis B, α-1 antitrypsin, and secretory diarrheas); new procedures (eg, rectal manometry and fiberoptic endoscopy); and new therapies (eg, ostomy care and the Kasai operation for biliary atresia). There is a uniform attempt to explore pathogenic mechanisms, with little sacrifice of the main goal of practicality and immediate usefulness.

The clinician is given a clear introduction to the role of bile acids in health and disease, with highlights woven throughout the text in the areas of digestion, diarrhea,