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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Razvan Arsenescu, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This book covers clinical and epidemiologic issues in inflammatory bowel diseases. The previous edition was published in 2001.
Purpose: This is a rapidly evolving field. The numerous challenges faced by practicing gastroenterologists dealing with IBD patients make this book a useful companion. This edition provides a comprehensive review of the field in an evidence-based fashion.
Audience: The book is appropriate for practicing gastroenterologists and medical residents with an interest in gastroenterology, and inflammatory bowel diseases in particular. The authors are foremost authorities in the field.
Features: In classic textbook format, the chapters give an overview of the current knowledge and then identify limitations and controversies. Because this is a systematic review in an evidence-based manner, it would prove quite useful to those new to the field. However, the histopathology pictures lack quality and the references are rather old.
Assessment: The book is well written and addresses pertinent issues in inflammatory bowel diseases, thereby helping establish a reference point in the field. Nevertheless, this edition includes rather outdated references.