Dr. Palmer has written a book whose subject matter is precisely what the title indicates, namely, clinical gastroenterology. As he states in the preface, experimental gastroenterology is not discussed and emphasis has been placed "on those subjects which seem to have special meaning for gastroenterology as it is practiced during the present era." This book tells the story of clinical gastroenterology as it is seen and practiced by the author. It fills a definite need in the present-day literature and should be a valuable aid to all practitioners of medicine except those working in narrow subspecialties.
Most phases of gastroenterology are well covered, with the exception of the liver. There is a brief discussion of jaundice, and the section on liver-function tests is sketchy. The part on the esophagus is well done, as would be expected in view of Dr. Palmer's well-known interest in that portion of the gastrointestinal tract.