Textbook of Gastroenterology 5th Edition PDF



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Preface

It is over 20 years since the Textbook of Gastroenterology was launched. From the very first edition the aim has been to present the scientific basis of gastroenterology in a way that gives insight into common clinical problems, to provide at its core an encyclopedic discussion of virtually all the disease states encountered in practice, and to describe all the major diagnostic and therapeutic technologies of gastroenterology, both the long standing and the very recent, available to clinicians today. As in the past, we have approached this fifth edition of the Textbook with the aim of updating every chapter and seeking new authors for at least 30 percent in order to provide a fresh approach to the material.
We have undertaken some major new initiatives in association with the Textbook over the years. For example, from the beginning, we recognized that the practice of gastroenterology is a highly visual one and so, on the basis of the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, we have published an Atlas of Gastroenterology to accompany the Textbook. As the Textbook itself is of sufficient size and detail to be difficult for students and house staff to carry with them, we published an abridged paperback version, the Handbook of Gastroenterology. In the fourth edition of the Textbook, we added an extensive hepatology section, recognizing that many practicing gastroenterologists are also hepatologists. In this fifth edition, we have undertaken another substantive change. The reader will note that the section in previous editions that described approaches that a clinician might take to common symptoms and signs encountered in gastroenterology or hepatology has been deleted. The rationale behind this decision was as follows: (1) the Textbook was becoming very large and needed to be shortened in a way that would not alter the basic strategy that defined its design; (2) much of what was available in these “Approaches to . . .” chapters is included in the chapters that describe the clinical conditions; and (3) the “Approaches to . . .” section, organized and edited appropriately, could serve as a textbook on its own merits, directed at an audience of students, house staff, and practitioners who are not primarily gastroenterologists. Accordingly, the “Approaches to . . .” section of previous editions has been incorporated into a separate volume, Principles of Clinical Gastroenterology.
Much has changed in the science and practice of gastroenterology and hepatology since the publication of the first edition of the Textbook. Over the years we have endeavored to keep pace with the many advances that define our clinical discipline in order to maintain the Textbook’s modernity, freshness, and up-to-date accuracy. In this spirit, we are delighted to welcome Tony Kalloo to the editorial team. His hands-on experience in the most modern procedural techniques of gastroenterology, in addition to his broad understanding of the discipline, have added immensely to this edition.
We are delighted to have a new publisher, Wiley-Blackwell, for this edition. Their keen insight into the publishing industry and the way in which textbooks are utilized today has been the basis for some of the changes made to the Textbook. We are also grateful for their knowledge of the international world of medicine, which will help us to distribute the contents of the Textbook to a global audience. The editors would like especially to thank Elisabeth Dodds at Wiley-Blackwell, whose commitment to excellence has contributed materially to the quality of the book. In addition, without the assistance of Alison Brown this fifth edition of the Textbook would not have been published.
Our efforts were especially facilitated by the expert assistance of Lori Ennis and Barbara Boughen, who collaborated as a team, complementing editorial talents with interpersonal skills to maintain the high quality of the text and deliver the manuscripts in a timely fashion. The editors are indebted to their administrative and secretarial assistants, Patricia Lai, Terri Astin, Jennifer Mayes, Sue Sparrow, Patty Pool, Gracie Bernal-Muñoz, and Maria L. Vidrio. In addition, the faculty and fellows of the Gastroenterology Divisions at the University of Michigan, Washington University in St Louis, and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston provided valuable assistance in reviewing the chapters in the fourth edition of the Textbook in preparation for this, the fifth edition.


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