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We are pleased that the second edition of Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Gastroenterology, Hepatology, & Endoscopy has been published within two years of the publication of the first edition. The editors felt this timetable was especially important in order to provide up-to-date information on a number of topics in which there is rapidly accumulating information, especially with regard to therapeutic considerations. Disorders in which there have been noteworthy advances in diagnosis and therapeutics include, but are not limited to, chronic hepatitis B, chronic hepatitis C, autoimmune pancreatitis, acute pancreatitis, eosinophilic esophagitis, Barrett esophagus, inflammatory bowel disease, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. We have been particularly interested in incorporating important advances in therapeutics in many of the sections in the textbook. We especially want to thank Mr. Clayton R. Bemis for his fine efforts in incorporating the many changes submitted by the authors into the final revisions.

Preface to the First Edition

The fields of gastroenterology and hepatology have changed dramatically in the past ten years, partially as a result of the impressive advances in understanding the molecular and pathophysiologic basis of gastrointestinal disorders. Such advances have spawned translational research, which in turn has resulted in important new diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. In addition, the expanding knowledge base has resulted in the development of sub-subspecialties within the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology, such as liver transplantation, pancreatic disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and motility disorders. Several topics in these disciplines are discussed in detail in Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Gastroenterology, Hepatology, & Endoscopy. Most notably, an entire section of the book is devoted to advances in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy.

As a specialty, gastroenterology interfaces with other medical and surgical sub-specialties, specifically gastrointestinal surgery, gastrointestinal radiology, and gastrointestinal pathology. Accordingly, several of the chapters in this book deal with important information in these related specialties. A comprehensive chapter on gastrointestinal radiology includes over 50 images that help clarify the appropriate use of the many imaging techniques currently available. Gastrointestinal disorders that have surgical implications, such as bariatric surgery and inflammatory bowel disease, are presented in detail. The chapter on bariatric surgery highlights the advances in this field that have led to over 100,000 bariatric surgical procedures performed every year. With over 1.5 million patients in the United States with inflammatory bowel disease, surgical considerations for these disorders have become increasingly important.

This book strikes the right balance between comprehensiveness and convenience. It emphasizes the practical aspects of diagnosis of gastrointestinal and hepatic disorders, with each chapter outlining the essentials of diagnosis of various disorders. Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Gastroenterology, Hepatology, & Endoscopy provides concise, complete, and accessible clinical information that is up-to-date.

A unique feature of this book is that virtually all of the authors are faculty members at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Importantly, it has been possible for the editor and associate editors to work closely with all the authors to ensure uniformity of presentation as well as clarity and relevance. The intended audience for which this book has been written comprises gastroenterologists, general internists, family physicians, and surgeons, all of whom can derive benefit from the easily accessible, up-to-date information that this book offers on diagnosis and treatment in gastroenterology, hepatology, and endoscopy.

Norton J. Greenberger, MD
Richard S. Blumberg, MD
Robert Burakoff, MD

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