This is but one of several small volumes on the physiology of digestion and the treatment of gastric disease which have appeared in the press during the past year or more. Perhaps this is accounted for because of the widespread prevalence of both functional and gastric disease, the great increase in knowledge of gastric function and mechanics as a result of experimental investigation and the recognition of the importance of the correlation of clinical observations with advances in physiologic knowledge.
The book is written for the general practitioner; it is too short, concise and elementary for the student of today. Only the usual diseases are considered. Concerning that often discussed topic, "the medical versus surgical treatment of ulcer," the author states, "Surgery should never be resorted to in ulcer cases until medical treatment has failed . . . Sometimes obvious physical changes may be present that could not possibly be