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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Third Edition. Edited by Kirsner Joseph B., Shorter Roy G.. . 783 pages. Lea and Febiger; , Philadelphia: , 1988.. $98.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(7):603. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-109-7-603_3
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Two experienced and respected editors have assembled the third edition of a comprehensive treatise on inflammatory bowel disease. Anyone who thinks this book is a retread of an outdated classic is mistaken. Of the 44 contributing authors, 32 are newly recruited, and every chapter is almost completely rewritten. Each of the 33 chapters is essentially a critical review of literature representing the synthesis of mostly North American thought. The book begins with in-depth, state-of-the-art discussions of epidemiology, etiology, and pathogenesis; these discussions make up almost 25% of the book.

The practitioner needs a sound physiologic background for treating patients. Two


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