This book is intended primarily for the medical student as an introduction to clinical gastro-enterology, but it merits the attention of his instructor as well. The transference of the student's preclinical knowledge from the laboratory to the patient requires a simple, concise yet thorough presentation. The author never loses sight of this objective.
Disturbances of the digestive tract are treated in the light of alterations of the gastro-intestinal physiology. Without minimizing the physiologic solidarity of the digestive functions, the author has divided his text into a consideration of motor, sensory and secretory disturbances. Particular stress has been placed on the importance of the patient's history, although physical and laboratory findings are adequately considered. Roentgenologic findings are described, typical films being shown, and are considered a definite aid to the student in completing his mental picture of the clinical features of certain conditions.
Some of the author's statements are necessarily dogmatic.