Since 1971, when the first edition of this book was published, it has progressively doubled in length while at the same time improving its excellent presentation of pediatric gastroenterology. The book continues to be exceptional for several reasons: it is consistently written because it is not a multiauthored textbook; it presents the viewpoint of two persons in the approach to specific diagnostic problems and treatment; and it devotes a major portion of the text to pediatric liver disease. The book is divided into three sections: common gastroenterologic symptoms and signs; disease entities; and nutritional support, ostomy care, and selected tests and procedures.
The first chapter, on symptoms, has an excellent section of growth patterns and their relationship to disease, constitutional growth delay, and deprivation. Each section clearly discusses the conditions usually seen with the different anthropometric determinations. The laboratory studies are presented for each growth pattern. The first section takes