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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Willem J de Villiers, MD, PhD, MHCM (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This comprehensive yet practical book in the Lange Current Diagnosis and Treatment series covers gastroenterology, hepatology, and endoscopy in 53 chapters that outline essentials of diagnosis and present concise, accessible, up-to-date clinical information. This is an update of the 2009 first edition.
Purpose: There has been significant progress in these fields over the last decade, with increasing information available on molecular and pathophysiological mechanisms of GI disorders. This has resulted in an explosion of translational research and practical clinical application. The book strives to strike a balance between comprehensiveness and convenience by emphasizing the practical aspects of diagnosis and treatment. The authors have succeeded in ensuring uniformity of presentation as well as clarity and relevance and providing up-to-date information.
Audience: The intended audience comprises gastroenterologists, general internists, family physicians, and surgeons. It will be most useful for GI trainees and gastroenterologists, and the surgical chapters will appeal mostly to nonsurgeons. It will be a valuable resource for board review study. All of the authors are faculty members at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and are certainly experts in their respective fields.
Features: Each chapter covers essential concepts and offers practical information on diagnosis and up-to-date advances in treatment. The difficult balance between comprehensiveness and brevity is maintained for the most part. The sections on IBD, advances in GI imaging, and bariatric surgery are particularly informative. Disappointingly, color images (radiographs, endoscopy, and histology) are added as a separate plate section; none of these pictures or the many useful tables, algorithms, or diagrams can be downloaded (a feature now commonly available). Few substantive additions have been made since the first edition.
Assessment: This is a comprehensive yet concise book authored by very credible experts that should be part of the library of every GI trainee (especially for board certification) and possibly gastroenterology (for board recertification). However, there is a lack of substantial new information in this second edition — most of the chapters are virtually unchanged - and it does not justify replacing the previous edition.