This is a rather ambitious title for such a small book. Probably because the writer was once a lecturer on applied anatomy the best part of the volume is on the anatomy of the digestive tract. There is a section on the physiology of the tract, another on the pathologic physiology and another on clinical applications. It would have been somewhat of a miracle if the author had been able to pack into the small space available a really adequate amount of information. Material also should have been right up to date and based more on research articles than on old textbooks. Actually the book is somewhat disappointing and one feels that the writer could have done much better.