February 15, 1985

Clinical Gastroenterology

Author Affiliations

Upstate Medical Center Syracuse, NY


edited by Richard G. Farmer, Edgar Achkar, and Bertram Fleshler, 614 pp, with illus, $55, New York, Raven Press, 1983.

JAMA. 1985;253(7):1043. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350310129043

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At a time when lengthy textbooks of gastroenterology seem to be proliferating, this book represents a concise overview of its clinical aspects. The book is more than a core curriculum or guide to current therapy, but less than a standard text. It is well organized, remarkably accurate, and straightforward in its presentation and will be helpful for the busy clinician who meets daily the challenge of gastrointestinal (GI) tract disease. Seven of the 20 contributors are surgeons, and, therefore, the emphasis is perhaps more surgical than in most gastroenterology books.

The book is divided into two parts: "Presenting Manifestations of Gastrointestinal Diseases" and "Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract." The latter section offers crisp reviews of clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic considerations, but the former is less effective in its attempt to survey relevant pathophysiology or signs and symptoms.

The editors have complemented the text with a reasonable number of informative tables