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Drs Demling, Classen, and Frühmorgen are to be congratulated on their efforts to provide an atlas of gastrointestinal endoscopy. Their beautiful book with many excellent color plates is an attempt to inform physicians of the increasing role fiberoptic endoscopy can fill in providing optimal patient management. The atlas is, therefore, a useful purchase for medical libraries who can afford to provide current medical books for their readers. Unfortunately, no book can satisfy all readers; as a surgeon performing endoscopy, I sometimes found the atlas lacking necessary and important information. First, a discussion of modern fiberoptic endoscopy is not complete when it lacks descriptions of laparoscopy and intraoperative endoscopy of the biliary tree. Laparoscopy, now widely used by gastroenterologists and surgeons in this country and in Europe, has become an essential part of gastrointestinal endoscopy. The authors referred to its use on several occasions but failed to develop the subject. General
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