The purpose of this book as stated in the preface was to present thorough reviews of subjects, selected with the bias of the editor, which have not been thoroughly covered in other recently published volumes. It contains 18 chapters varying in length from 6 to 61 pages. The space allocated to each subject is appropriate. Happily, the discussions are not carried to exhaustive extremes but end mercifully when there is no more "progress" to report.
The topics discussed are related primarily to the stomach and small intestine, but do include chapters on radiologic features of granulomatous colitis and ileocolitis, immune mechanisms in ulcerative colitis, pancreatitis, and angiography in gastrointestinal disease.
This cumulative effort of 32 well-qualified authors does not suffer from the often abortive attempt to integrate the text, one chapter with another. However, many of the essays complement each other because of their sequential relationship and subject matter. The