The authors state that the purpose of their monograph is to serve as a guide in the diagnosis of abdominal pain and that it is not to be used as a substitute for a textbook on diseases of the abdomen. The text is well designed to serve that purpose. Eight chapters deal with the meaning of the patient's complaints, clinical examination, and different pain patterns and their causes.
One chapter is reserved for the acute diseases of the abdomen in children, since the diagnosis of such diseases in patients of this age group is often more difficult than in the adult. In another chapter, appendicitis and its differential diagnosis is discussed. Original drawings are used to illustrate common areas of pain involvement and possible causes.
Frequent use is made of tables listing the differential diagnoses of various pain patterns. The authors also make use of a question and answer format