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August 23, 1985

Gastrointestinal Surgery

Author Affiliations

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

JAMA. 1985;254(8):1091-1092. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360080105046

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This new textbook of gastrointestinal surgery provides comprehensive coverage of the surgical problems of the entire gastrointestinal system, including liver, biliary system, and pancreas. The book is attractively published in two volumes, with clear, large, black-and-white illustrations. The text is edited and principally authored by Dr David Fromm and his associates from the Department of Surgery, State University of New York, Syracuse, with several chapters written by eminent invited guest authors from other institutions.

This modern textbook on gastrointestinal problems starts off with three chapters on endoscopy, two on diagnostic endoscopy (indications and technique and interpretation of findings) and one on therapeutic endoscopy. A feature throughout is the emphasis on techniques. There is excellent coverage of indications, complications, and results. As in many multiauthored texts, there is some variability in writing and thoroughness of coverage, but the editor has minimized these differences. I found the entire book to be clearly