April 8, 1974

Gastrointestinal Disease: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, Management

Author Affiliations

Gundersen Clinic, Ltd La Crosse, Wis


edited by Marvin H. Sleisenger and John S. Fordtran, 1659 pp, 727 illus, $37.50, Canada $38.65, W. B. Saunders Co., 1973.

JAMA. 1974;228(2):214-215. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230270058039

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The striking advances in gastroenterology since 1963 have required an updated textbook. The 57 authors in this new work have been preeminent investigators largely responsible for these advances and fortunately, under the dual editorship, have been able to incorporate this newer knowledge into a very readable standard textbook of gastroenterology.

The book itself is divided into two parts. The first, entitled "Pathophysiology," describes basic physiology of the gastrointestinal tract and alterations thereof. By itself, it would make an admirable presentation of gastrointestinal physiology. Particularly well expounded is the section on diarrhea that incorporates newer understandings of pathophysiology into a logical approach to the patient who suffers from this often vexing diagnostic and therapeutic problem. Similarly, a discussion of the pathophysiology of peptic ulcer disease is as comprehensive as any available. Other sections deal with basic physiological principles such as immune mechanisms in gastrointestinal disease and motility studies and, to a