Over the past several years, gastrointestinal endoscopy has advanced from a diagnostic procedure to one that is both diagnostic and often therapeutic. Therapeutic techniques have been evolved for essentially every area that can be reached with an endoscope. This text edited by Dr Silvis brings together the expertise of a respected group of therapeutic endoscopists. Their goal, as stated by Dr Silvis, was to provide a single-source reference describing the techniques, indications, and complications of therapeutic endoscopy for physicians who are already expert endoscopists and who are planning to venture into the therapeutic domain.
The authors admirably present each topic. Each provides a small amount of background material followed by indications for the procedure. Specific techniques are then carefully explained. Many of the chapters contain excellent diagnostic illustrations and pictures of the equipment involved. Where applicable, most authors attempt to present data regarding the results of each of these techniques.