The first volume of what promises to be a monumental work on gastroenterology discusses the esophagus and the stomach. Volume II is to deal with the small and large intestines and the peritoneum, and volume III, with the liver, the biliary tract and the pancreas.
The book makes its beginning, in section I, with five chapters on the examination of the patient. The first chapter has to do with history taking, and in view of the detailed discussion of diseases of the stomach and the esophagus elsewhere it would seem that the ten pages devoted to history taking is rather brief. In this section the other chapters have to do with symptomatology, with the physical examination and with the laboratory examinations.
Section II has to do with the esophagus and the diaphragm. Eleven chapters are devoted to applied anatomy and physiology of the esophagus, stricture, cardiospasm, tumors, esophageal hiatus hernia