The brevity of this manual belies its quality. While portions of the text are simplistic, in general it is concise and unpretentious, representing an excellent blend of the authors' personal experience and a review of the pertinent endoscopic literature. Of particular interest to the American reader are reports culled from European authors that parallel recent observations made in this country. By all odds, the best feature is the endoscopic photographs. These provide the best atlas of endoscopic findings since Schindler. The organization of the monograph is logical and makes reference very easy.
Specimens obtained by blind suction biopsy of the esophagus were used to illustrate the section on esophagitis. This technique is not generally used in the United States, although, the authors had few major complications. This approach should be used only after esophagoscopy has substantiated the absence of varices and ideally should be performed with fluoroscopic localization of the