February 1978

Clinical Gastroenterology

Author Affiliations

Mobile, Ala


by Howard M. Spiro, MD, $45, 1,289 pp, New York, Macmillan Publishing Co, 1977.

Arch Surg. 1978;113(2):230. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1978.01370140120033

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This book is the second edition of a widely acclaimed textbook of clinical gastroenterology. Approximately 300 pages have been added to the new edition, fairly evenly distributed between all major units. The most substantial change consist of a grouping into a new unit of previously separate discussions of various aspects of inflammatory bowel disease. This new unit encompasses both the small and large bowel and content has undergone major expansion. This is one of the most valuable sections of the book.

A single-authored textbook of 1,289 pages is an awesome accomplishment and, in this instance, a virtuoso performance. The product is far more than an organized review of the contents of Dr Spiro's "five filing cases full of reprints." Howard Spiro is a man of firm convictions, freely and clearly expressed. These convictions are based on a vast clinical experience. As a result, the physician who uses this text will

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