Few fields have experienced the explosion in knowledge and interest in the past several years as has that of pediatric gastroenterology. This rapid growth is reflected not only in increasing numbers of pediatric gastrointestinal (GI) practitioners, but also in the proliferation of textbooks dealing with this discipline. Most of these textbooks have been quite extensive. Therefore, there is certainly a place for a concise textbook for initial exposure that could appeal to a broad audience without being overly simplistic. This book makes a good attempt to fulfill this role. The chapters are generally well written and give appropriate attention to those aspects of gastroenterologic practice that are most important in the pediatric age group. The extensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter could be useful in allowing the reader interested in a specific area to pursue greater detail.
The chapters that cover basic science are complete without being excessively