Living in Hawaii, one becomes impressed by the Japanese. No one would attempt to categorize a race; there are as many variations in individuals as there are people. But over many years of observation one gains an overall impression that is inescapable. And words such as humility, industry, meticulousness, and integrity keep creeping into descriptions.
In recent years the reborn Japanese nation has emerged as a successful international competitor in dozens of industrial enterprises. I have watched with interest the evolution of their medical publications, and I have noted the same ability to learn from others—and then improve upon it—and then make it cheaper—which has been the hallmark of their success in commerce.
This book is a prime example: a remarkable compilation of gastrocamera color photographs, gross pathology photos, and diagrams. The fibreoptic endoscope is a Japanese invention; it has revolutionized gastrointestinal and bronchial endoscopy. In the past the principal