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July 25, 1977

Gastroenterology, vol 3: The Liver, Gallbladder, Bile Ducts and Pancreas; vol 4: Peritoneum, Parasitic Diseases, System Interrelationships

JAMA. 1977;238(4):349. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280040069033

The indefatigable Harry Bockus has done it again! Volumes 3 and 4 of his monumental classical text now complete the third edition of this standard reference textbook for gastroenterology. In these twin volumes, Bockus and his associate editors have put together a veritable Hall of Fame of gastroenterology in their list of contributors. More important, the contributors are seasoned clinicians and persons with expertise in their fields, not simply research fellows who have gleaned the literature or academicians more at home in the laboratory. I sensed that I was reading what the experts thought throughout the books.

There is something for everyone in these volumes, from family practitioner to gastroenterologist. There are excellent discussions of the physiology of the liver and gallbladder as well as practical reviews of the intertwined disorders of the gut and other organs. Moreover, the book contains up-to-date discussions of such newer morphological techniques as endoscopic