As one progresses from the beginning of this book to the end, it is abundantly clear that the editors and contributors have had extensive experience with the surgical diseases of the esophagus. Although this treatise is primarily for the thoracic or general surgeon interested in the esophagus, it offers not only a clear and concise approach to the surgical aspects of each disorder but also a fair and reasonable evaluation of the medical approach. In fact, as surgeons, they are unafraid to champion the medical side when warranted. This is somewhat refreshing in a surgical text.
The book itself is divided into 11 chapters, and they cover all aspects of the esophagus. First, one is prepared to deal with complex issues of the diseases of the esophagus by a very basic, understandable description of the anatomy, physiology, diagnostic technique, and tests of esophageal function. Then esophageal perforations, mobility disorders, reflux