Dr. E. D. Palmer, chief of the gastrointestinal section of Walter Reed Army Hospital, has provided an excellent textbook on diseases of the esophagus. This book begins with a summary of our present knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the esophagus and goes on to an orderly discussion of all esophageal diseases whether they are common or uncommon. At the conclusion of each of the chapters there is an extensive series of references. This book is probably the most comprehensive text on diseases of the esophagus in the English language that is available at the present time.
Dr. Palmer has not included any chapters on the technic of esophagoscopy, nor is there any specific discussion of the roentgenology of the esophagus. The chapter on diaphragmatic hernias is relatively brief and is probably the least effective portion of the book. The details of surgical management of various esophageal diseases have