Oxford Handbook of Gastroenterology & Hepatology 1st Edition CHM

Oxford Handbook of Gastroenterology & Hepatology 1st Edition



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Preface

There are many excellent textbooks of gastroenterology and hepatology, and many calls on our time. Apart from the fact that the commissioning editor, Alison Langton, asked us very nicely and persistently, a few considerations raised us from our naturally indolent state and gave us the energy to contemplate the task:
  • The format and portability of the Oxford Handbooks is attractive and the series has not, to date, included a text on gastroenterology and hepatology. Even with white coats out of fashion, the Handbooks are easily transportable in rucksacks or handbags and do not induce herniae on opening.
  • Gastroenterology and hepatology involve many organ systems. Most textbooks are organized anatomically (i.e. start at the mouth and move south), which often relates poorly to how patients present to doctors (e.g. the jaundiced patient—due to hepatitis A, gallstones, or pancreatic cancer?). This may lead to both repetition through the text, and a need for large complicated indices to help search for relevant information.
  • It seemed to us that there is a need for up-to-date information on how to approach both clinical scenarios (e.g. abnormal liver tests; lower GI bleeding), and specific conditions in GI and liver practice, both common and uncommon. This information needs to be organized in such a way that it can be easily obtained in the clinic, on the way to a ward to see a patient referred with an exotic or unfamiliar condition, or when telephoned for advice by a colleague—or a patient.


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