Buckstein has compiled a concise, readable review of the functional disorders of the bowel, which is enriched not only by a comprehensive bibliography but also by his own wide experience in this field. As in former works by this author, there are many excellent illustrations, particularly the series of roentgenograms. Details of diets and exercises, which in many books are left to one's imagination, are included.
The author has summarized various opinions on such subjects as ileal and cecal stasis, enteroptosis, intestinal flora and autointoxication. The text leaves one with the impression that such conditions may cause more trouble than is usually held by many workers in this field. It is regrettable that colonic irrigations for mucous colitis should be included in the discussion of treatment, although in another section routine irrigation is properly condemned. Probably for completeness, various types of diarrhea are included, but necessarily too briefly for the