Reviewer: Michael D. Brown, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The fifth edition of this two-volume book covers the entire field of gastroenterology except for liver diseases.
Purpose: The authors have updated the authoritative reference book in the field of gastroenterology. The book aims to provide current, comprehensive, and detailed coverage of all aspects of digestive diseases. This book remains the foremost reference textbook in the field.
Audience: Gastroenterologists and gastroenterology fellows are the main audience. Surgeons, internists, and other primary care physicians will find it useful in obtaining specific details regarding digestive diseases. Pediatricians may find the book less useful because there is little coverage devoted to digestive diseases in children; however, the book does not purport to cover pediatric diseases. The contributors are experts in the field of gastroenterology.
Features: The book is well illustrated and appropriately includes a large number of color endoscopic photographs. The tables are uniform in format and easy to read and interpret. The tables and graphs are appropriately referred to in the text and help clarify important points. Superfluous tables and illustrations are few. References are surprisingly up-to-date, with many published within the last year. Classic references are also present. All chapters are well referenced with accurate citations. The table of contents is easy to use because of the chapter organization based on organ systems, with a sufficient number of subchapters. The index is easy to use and accurate and does not require much cross-referencing. The cover design is somewhat mundane but clear and concise; the printing quality of the book is excellent. The book's organization has been updated and enhances its main purpose as a reference text. It is very current for a book of this scope, which makes it useful in privatepractice and academic settings. There is enough color endoscopic photography to make this book somewhat of a miniature endoscopic atlas.
Assessment: This is a very high-quality book that should be in the collection of all gastroenterologists. Most libraries will need to have this authoritative book in their collection. The amount of new information and the new organization warrant replacing the previous edition.