The second volume of Bockus Gastroenterology has appeared and is much stronger than the first. This volume consists of sections on diseases of the small intestine, disorders of absorption, and diseases of the colon and peritoneum. Though both this volume and the first are a complete reworking of the first edition, there is much more new material about absorption and the small intestine. The many changes and advances in this field, I believe, contribute to the much better chapters appearing in this volume.
The format of the book is logical and starts with anatomy and moves to the pertinent physiology and diagnostic tests. A general chapter on the classification of diseases is followed by detailed chapters on each of the diseases or syndromes. Space is allotted in proportion to the importance in clinical medicine and to the need to describe pertinent material.
It is striking how much more readable are