This book was planned and sponsored by the American Gastroenterological Association. It is a good example of how well a difficult subject can be handled by a group of experts such as these, whose special qualifications are so intimately known by the American Gastroenterological Association.
The book is of good paper with large readable print. Charts and photographs are simple and clear. The text is divided into eight sections with a number of chapters in each section. Nearly every chapter has a helpful summary and is well documented with selected references.
The first section (eight chapters) is an excellent discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. This is followed by the section (ten chapters) on pathogenesis and etiology of peptic ulcer. Most of the small amount of criticism of this book that can be made centers on this section. The chapter on the