July 1984

Practical Paediatric Gastroenterology

Author Affiliations

Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles University of Southern California School of Medicine 4650 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90054


by J. A. Walker-Smith, J. R. Hamilton, and W. A. Walker, 400 pp, with illus, $49.95, Woburn, Mass, Butterworth Publishers Inc, 1983.

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(7):648. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140450030009

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This new book is one of very few texts devoted to the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders in childhood. Intended primarily for general pediatricians and those in training, it provides guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of intestinal and hepatic diseases in children. Co-authored by three eminent pediatric gastroenterologists, the text is divided into two sections. The first section takes a symptom-oriented approach and deals with signs and symptoms that may be associated with gastrointestinal disease, eg, disorders of ingestion, abdominal pain, abdominal mass, vomiting, diarrhea, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, failure to thrive, constipation, and liver disease. These chapters are particularly useful because they emphasize pathophysiologic mechanisms, causes, clinical evaluation, and treatment. Included in this section is an insightful chapter by Michael Rowland, who discusses diarrheal disease in developing communities.

The second section deals with specific disease entities. Information is arranged under headings regarding incidence, causes, pathology, pathophysiology, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. This