Description: This book, aimed at lay people and patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is authored by two experts from the Lahey Clinic and presents authoritative information in a nonthreatening, user-friendly manner.
Purpose: GERD is the most common reason patients are referred for upper endoscopy. It affects one-third of Americans with some regularity and this book is aimed at patients and the public to dispel some of the myths regarding this disease. It provides down-to-earth information about causes and current treatment of heartburn. These are certainly worthy objectives and the authors succeed admirably in making the information understandable and palatable.
Audience: The book is aimed at GERD patients and their families.
Features: Different sections address definitions and facts; symptoms and atypical manifestations of GERD; hiatal hernias, the lower esophageal sphincter, and reflux; lifestyle, medications, diet and GERD; complications of GERD; doctor's evaluation; testing for GERD, H. pylori, GERD, and peptic ulcer disease; medications for GERD; and endoscopic and surgical options for GERD. Current information is provided in a common sense manner on the relationship between hiatal hernia and GERD, lifestyle issues, the impact of diet modification, and the importance of the identification of Barrett's esophagus as a precursor to esophageal cancer. The pharmacologic information as well as insights into surgical and endoscopic techniques are superb. The illustrations are also appropriate and informative. I particularly appreciated the comments by a GERD patient on his particular experience.
Assessment: This is a lovely informative addition to the 100 Questions and Answers series. GERD patients and families will find a great deal of useful information. Frankly, I can think of no other questions that these patients have asked me over the years. I will definitely refer my patients to this Lahey Clinic guide.