In his foreword, Dr. Franz Ingelfinger states that a good textbook depends on organization, substantiality, and accessibility. Sleisenger and Fordtran's 1,600-page text admirably fulfills these criteria. It is well prepared by 57 authors and well edited by two recognized authorities. Seventeen of the 115 chapters were written by Sleisenger and seven by Fordtran. The book thus contains the general expertise of the two editors and the specific depth of experience of 55 other contributors. The style is suited to the reader who wants the overall picture rather than experimental details. The index and bibliography are extensive and information retrieval is facilitated.
Appropriately enough, the text opens with Dr. Almy reviewing his vast experience on the gastrointestinal tract under stress. We learn why the irritable colon is the most common gastrointestinal tract disease. Insight is also given into its management, requiring the art of medicine. This prepares us for subsequent scientific