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Understanding the Irritable Gut: The Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
Written by W. Grant Thompson, MD
For the first time, the information of the functional GI disorders as developed by the Rome Foundation is presented in an easy-to-read, non-technical format — ideal for non-gastroenterology health care professionals, students, educated patients, and the general public.
Understanding the Irritable Gut
• Focuses on the doctor/patient relationship
• Helps patients understand and cope with their symptoms
• Over the counter treatments — what is proven to work and what is not
• Introductory chapters providing The Patient's Perspective by Nancy Norton,
President of the International Foundation for Functional GI Disorders, and
The Physician's Perspective by Dr. Douglas Drossman
• 17 chapters, over 270 pages, and 24 figures covering all aspects of functional
The functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) can perplex doctors and patients alike. Understanding the Irritable Gut seeks to demystify these disorders. W. Grant Thompson, MD explains with ease and clarity the nature, prevalence, and putative causes of these disorders that affect up to two thirds of individuals worldwide. For the first time, the information developed and assembled by the Rome Foundation to identify, classify, and treat these disorders is presented in an easy-to-read, nontechnical format.
Dr. Thompson presents a general approach to the FGIDs with special emphasis on the all-important doctor/patient relationship. Understanding the Irritable Gut blends his professional experiences and well recognized writing talent with the information from Rome III and translates this for primary care practice. This book is a valuable resource for all nongastroenterologist health care professionals, students, educated patients, and the general public.
W. Grant Thompson, MD
About the Author:
W. Grant Thompson, MD, Professor Emeritus and Past Chief, Division of Digestive Diseases, University of Ottawa, is a member of the Rome Foundation Board and a pioneer in the area of functional GI disorders. He is well recognized for his knowledge of the field and superb writing skills and is the ideal person to "translate" in a non-technical fashion, the evolving information offered for professionals in Rome III: The Functional GI Disorders.
Dr. Thompson is the author of 280 scientific and lay articles dealing mainly with functional bowel disease and serves on several international committees concerned with the Classification and Diagnostic Criteria of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders ("The Rome Criteria"). He has presented over 200 scientific or educational reports to professional audiences in 5 continents and is the author of 7 highly regarded books in the field of functional GI disorders. These titles include The Irritable Gut, Gut Reactions, The Angry Gut: Coping with Colitis and Crohn's Disease, and The Irritable Bowel. He has received awards for excellence from the University of Ottawa, and the Ontario Association of Gastroenterology. In 2000, he became a Life Member of the Ontario and Canadian Medical Associations and received a Janssen award for Gastroenterology at the American Gastroenterology Association meeting in San Diego.
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