by Harvey J. Dworken, 660 pp, with illus, $39.95, Woburn, Mass, Butterworths, 1982
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In this era of massive, multiauthored, unbelievably expensive specialty texts, there is surely a place for a small, relatively inexpensive yet thorough text on gastroenterology. Harvey Dworken's Gastroenterology: Pathophysiology and Clinical Applications is such a book.
Although there is adequate yet concise discussion of physiological background as it relates to function and to disease, the unique aspect of the book is its presentation of Dworken's perspective on symptoms and disease. Although in many, perhaps most, instances the gross correlations between physiology and disease are firmly based on established facts, many of the details are explained by intuitive assumptions. No two teachers of gastroenterology—or anything else—have identical bodies of intuitive belief. Since Dworken has a critical, independent mind, this book is not only an expression of the fundamentals of gastroenterology, more detailed than that of an internal medicine text, more concise than the massive compendiums of Bockus, of Sleisenger and Fordtran,
French AB. Gastroenterology: Pathophysiology and Clinical Applications. JAMA. 1983;249(12):1642-1643. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330360076045