The 1984 Year Book of Digestive Diseases, edited by a gastroenterologist, Norton J. Greenberger, MD, and a surgeon, Frank G. Moody, MD, is a compendium of more than 300 summaries of articles that appeared in 51 journals published in 1983. In making their selection of important work, the editors reviewed approximately 10,000 articles dealing with gastrointestinal tract disorders related to internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine, pathology, clinical pharmacology, and basic science.
The book is organized by organ systems of the gastrointestinal tract and liver. After each summary, one of the editors comments on the significance or methodology of the study. The last few pages include capsule comments (abstracts) of an additional 18 articles and visual vignettes, which are reproductions of instructive illustrations from a half dozen articles.
This book is useful to the surgeon who needs to scan a vast literature for key contributions to gastroenterology and