Presently available fiberoptic instruments are flexible, versatile, relatively safe, can be introduced with comparative ease into various parts of the gut, and are being sold, to both trained and untrained endoscopists, to a degree far beyond the wildest dreams of manufacturers in years gone by. The "endoscopic revolution" is the subject of Gastrointestinal Pan-Endoscopy, a book written by skilled endoscopists about an important and timely subject.
The topics considered cover the gamut of endoscopy. They include the history of gastrointestinal endoscopy; the merits and demerits of various instruments; "how to do it" chapters concerning instrument selection, preparation of the patient, passage of the instrument, and orientation; recommendations concerning indications and contraindications; sections about each of the "endos" (esophagoscopy, gastroscopy, colonoscopy, and others), and discussions of gastrointestinal disease from an endoscopic point of view. The illustrations are helpful and the endoscopic photographs are of good quality.
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