The authors' stated purpose in this book is "to review in considerable detail most of the diseases that involve the structures in the ileocecal area in an effort to increase the reader's awareness of the potentially extractable information that can be gleaned from the morphologic details detectable radiologically." This is a formidable task, considering the number and different types of gastrointestinal diseases that afflict this area, which includes the distal ileum, ileocecal valve, appendix, cecum, and proximal ascending colon. The authors have accomplished their goal admirably in a book that is highly readable and only of moderate length.
The book is divided into sections on congenital anomalies of the ileocecal area, inflammatory lesions, benign and malignant tumors, with a chapter each devoted to the ileocecal valve and the appendix, and a final chapter on miscellaneous lesions of the ileocecal area. Essentially all the pathologic entities described are accompanied by excellent