The book might well be entitled "An Encyclopedia of Endoscopy," as it covers every aspect of rigid and flexible endoscopy: history, optical principles, mechanics, maintenance, cleaning, sterilization, teaching and training, photography, fluoroscopy, x-ray, and electrocoagulation, as well as clinical applications and technique. All of the 58 co-authors are recognized authorities in specific areas of endoscopy or optical physics, and many discovered or developed the area on which they write.
Part 1, the section on general principles, is loaded with formulas, diagrams, and photographs. Part 2, on clinical applications, includes chapters covering the endoscopic examination of essentially every orifice, body cavity, tube, or viscus. For example, there are separate chapters on pancreascopy, endoscopy of the small intestine, hysteroscopy, urethroscopy, rhinoscopy, and stereoencephaloscopy. There is even a brief chapter on retroperitoneoscopy, which is performed with a rigid instrument similar to the rectosigmoidoscope. Many of the clinical chapters contain the results of the