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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael D. Brown, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This atlas of digestive diseases comprises over 900 images. It contains fiberoptic and video endoscopic images along with companion radiographic and scintographic figures. It also provides histologic images when needed.
Purpose: As with most atlases, the purpose is to act as a visual reference, in this case for the practicing gastroenterologist. The editor takes advantage of recent advances in videoendoscopy, which have improved the quality of images available for newer atlases in the area of digestive diseases. The enhanced quality of video imaging makes this a worth endeavor. Unfortunately, this atlas continues to rely heavily on fiberoptic images for its content; approximately 50% in the chapter on the esophagus. The quality of these images, although mostly high, tends to vary more than their video counterparts.
Audience: The main audience is gastroenterologists and gastroenterology fellows. Those training in endoscopy will also find it a useful reference. Teaching attendings will find the excellent illustrations useful teaching tools. The editor is a well known authority in the area of gastrointestinal endoscopy.
Features: The text is divided into chapters that cover each of the major digestive organs with the exclusion of the liver. Each chapter reviews the major disease specific to that organ system. Accompanying the many clearly reproduced color photographs are appropriately brief descriptions. When necessary, a hand drawn illustration accompanies the photograph to enhance its interpretation. Appropriate radiographs, ultrasound images, motility tracings, and gross pathology and histology illustrations enhance this atlas. There are occasional tables detailing disease etiologies, but these seem superfluous in an atlas. The large page format of this hard cover text enhances its appearance and usefulness as a reference tool.
Assessment: This is an excellent reference atlas that any practicing gastroenterologist will find useful. The clarity and abundance of the images place it in the top of the currently available atlases that are starting to show their age. More extensive use of video images would have improved this atlas.