Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel R. Ganger, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This single-volume textbook of gastroenterology and hepatology attempts in 1500 pages to give rather complete and useful information about these two now major separate fields.
Purpose: The intent is to provide a clinically oriented text based on an attempt to balance a rapidly expanding and often confusing literature with the practical experience of the authors. These are worthy objectives, but they may not be original.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is aimed at general practitioners, gastroenterologists, and physicians in training. I believe it is more for general gastroenterologists with busy practices and internists.
Features: The information is well presented in a format that is easy to search and read.
Assessment: This is a good quality book. The two fields represented each have excellent textbooks. This combined text allows a rapid review of a subject, but it will lack the details or updates frequently needed. It would be useful for an individual, but less so for a library. There is enough new information to justify replacing the previous edition, now eight years old.