This updates and supplements Serino's Your Ulcer (1966) and should supplant altogether Potter's abbreviated A Better Life with Your Ulcer (1968). It is a collaboration between a popular science writer and a Professor at the University of Illinois School of Medicine who is also Chief of the Gastrointestinal Clinic at Michael Reese, and they have produced the best popular book to date. From digestion in general to the ulcer itself, which starts as an erosion, the fundamentals and variables of the disease are given with early history and revisionist thinking (the no acid, no ulcer tenet has been jettisoned). They also discuss in detail hospitalization and surgery, at-home care and diet (with menus) -- smoking is altogether prohibited, drinking allowed in moderation. There is also a dismissal of the general mythology, and as for causation -- it can be anything from the environment to, most likely, stress. Since there are 4000 new ulcer victims a year, there's certainly room for a new and better book on the subject.