Reviewer: Susan S. Baker, MD, PhD (SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine)
Description: This is an updated version of the most comprehensive book on pediatric gastroenterology available worldwide. The previous edition was published in 1996.
Purpose: The editors' intent is to provide a comprehensive approach to the practice of pediatric gastroenterology in a single source. This new edition is needed because of the logarithmic growth of information in this rapidly advancing field. The book meets the editors' objectives by providing a concise overview of each topic with the supporting pathophysiologic data.
Audience: The editors note they prepared an approach to pediatric gastroenterology that should serve as a reference for pediatricians, gastroenterologists, and pediatric gastroenterologists. In my opinion, this book is also valuable for offering general pediatric residents sound information on which they can learn to care for children with gastroenterologic problems. The editors are recognized and highly respected authorities in this field.
Features: All aspects of the practice of pediatric gastroenterology including hepatology, nutrition, and pancreatology are discussed in the context of organ and organism development based on pathophysiology. There is minor variation in the quality of the chapters provided by the different authors, but the editors have assured that each meets the high standard of the book. This book comes with a CD-ROM that makes the information highly portable and easily accessible.
Assessment: This is the most useful and authoritative book on this subject. It can be consulted for a quick reference or an in-depth review. It provides an organized review for those planning to take the gastroenterology sub-board qualifying examination. This extensive revision has secured this book's position on the shelves and in the computers of pediatricians, gastroenterologists, pediatric gastroenterologists, physicians-in-training, and medical libraries.