The multifaceted and frequently controversial problems of gastrointestinal disease present a formidable challenge to anyone so bold as to undertake the composition of a gastroenterology textbook. Previous efforts have frequently fallen short of the needs of large groups of readers. Gastroenterology by Bockus is recognized as the classic in this field, but its huge volumes represent overkill for the requirements of the average medical resident or practicing physician. An alternative, the smaller, single-authored text, frequently provides only a narrow and opinionated view of this very broad landscape. Gastroenterology by Dr. Bogoch and his associates rests in a comfortable middle ground between these extremes and can easily find a place in the libraries of the internist, general surgeon, and family physician.
The book has five major subdivisions. The first is, in essence, devoted to the performance and evaluation of the medical history and physical examination in the patient with gastrointestinal disease.