The meteoric increase in the popularity of laparoscopic surgery has resulted in the proliferation of numerous texts on this topic—some are worthwhile; some, essentially worthless. Although some of the earlier texts can be pardoned for presenting little useful information because of the lack of information available at the time, the abundant clinical experience in this field of surgery that now exists causes this excuse to ring hollow for subsequent publications. Greene and Ponsky, in Endoscopic Surgery, have added a well-written and extensive book to the category of worthwhile, useful texts.
This work consists of 43 chapters that deal with a broad range of topics from the history of endoscopic surgery to the use of minimally invasive surgery and endoscopy in pediatric patients. The text is unique in that it addresses the use of a variety of endoscopic techniques, eg, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, intraluminal ultrasonography, and angioscopy, as well as the