"(Good) textbooks serve as the foundations of medical knowledge" (italics mine). Having stated this in his Foreword, Inglefinger has summarized the accomplishment of Sleisenger and Fordtran in their new publication. For these authors have indeed produced a text that is destined to serve as a classic reference in clinical gastroenterology. Their approach used in the book is simply stated: "Excellence in medical practice depends upon an understanding of medical science" and "diseases and deranged physiological states should be critically appraised and evaluated prior to describing the disorder to any professional audience."
Although the book is a large one and there are 57 contributors (actually modest by today's textbook standards), their organization and editing skills have produced a well-balanced, easy-to-read volume that does not suffer from the frequent "bumpy ride" of a multi-authored vehicle. While it has a distinct west-coast flavor, a catholic group of contributors has been chosen, many renowned