This fourth edition of a book devoted to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) provides, as the editors promise, "an up-to-date and comprehensive resource." As a dissenter and a "grouper," I was pleased, given the current belief that there are inflammatory bowel diseases, to have the editors retain the singular form in the title. Drs Kirsner and Shorter continue to provide the best compendium on IBD, lovingly bound if somewhat stinting in its margins.
I always look over a book's references first to see how up-to-date they are, even though I recognize that books take a long time to appear, on average a year after the manuscript is completed. In this book, 1993 marked the outer boundary, which is about what one would expect; a few chapters had references even from 1994.
There's certainly far more than anyone will want to sit down and read straight through, but if you wish to
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