The third edition of this text by one of Britain's foremost pediatric gastroenterologists is a welcome addition to the field. Walker-Smith combines his unparalleled experience with a very personal approach to the diagnosis and treatment of the infant and child with disorders of the small intestine. The volume is always interesting, especially when Walker-Smith elaborates on the history of a particular problem.
Diseases of the Small Intestine in Childhood reviews the major gastrointestinal tract disorders that occur in the pediatric population. The reader will find the chapters on dietary protein intolerance, gastroenteritis, oral rehydration, and the postgastroenteritis syndromes and carbohydrate malabsorption particularly rewarding.
Of interest to the American reader are the differences between the British approach and that found on this side of the Atlantic. For example, on page 246, Walker-Smith states that the use of antibiotics in the treatment of shigella is controversial. On page 247, he recommends against