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Making Sense of IBS: A Physician Answers Your Questions about Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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IBS, which affects almost one in six Americans, is characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation. Today more than ever before, physicians are able to diagnose this complex disorder, understand and explain its origins, and develop a treatment plan that effectively meets the individual needs of a patient.

Drawing on his many years of experience treating people who have symptoms of IBS, Dr. Brian E. Lacy explains normal digestion, the causes of IBS, ...

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Overview

IBS, which affects almost one in six Americans, is characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation. Today more than ever before, physicians are able to diagnose this complex disorder, understand and explain its origins, and develop a treatment plan that effectively meets the individual needs of a patient.

Drawing on his many years of experience treating people who have symptoms of IBS, Dr. Brian E. Lacy explains normal digestion, the causes of IBS, how IBS is diagnosed, and what to expect with treatment. He also explores special topics such as IBS in children and psychological, hypnotherapeutic, and psychiatric therapies. Important new information in the second edition includes• The roles of fiber, gluten, lactose, and fructose in the development and treatment of IBS• The use of probiotics and antibiotics to treat IBS• Similarities and differences between IBS and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)• The relationship between small intestine bacterial overgrowth and IBS• How to make the most of your visits to a gastroenterologist• Lifestyle modifications that can improve symptoms of IBS

Making Sense of IBS is an essential resource for anyone who has symptoms or a diagnosis of IBS as well as for health professionals who treat people with this complex disorder.

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Editorial Reviews

Nursing Times - Ibadete Fetahu
Anybody who has symptoms or a diagnosis of IBS and clinincal staff who may encounter patients with the disease, should read this fascinating book.
Digestive and Liver Disease
This book is very well-written, clear, and certainly reaches its goal of clearing up the many misconceptions and misinterpretations that surround IBS.
Consumer Connection
A very clear book... all medical terms are clearly explained.
Consumer Connection - Susan Fowler

A very clear book, appropriate for medium to advanced reading levels... all medical terms are clearly explained.

Digestive and Liver Disease - G. Bianchi Porro

This book is very well written, clear and certainly reaches its goal of clearing up the many misconceptions and misinterpretations that surround IBS... can be recommended to the many colleagues who deal daily with patients with IBS.

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Reviewer: Willem J de Villiers, MD, PhD, MHCM (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This is a complete guide for people with irritable bowel syndrome and their families. The editor, an international expert in the field, has written a compassionate and readable book to explain all aspects of the disorder. It is appropriately aimed at lay people and includes many case studies with which readers can identify.
Purpose: The author wishes to share the new information about IBS with patients (predominantly) and healthcare providers. His worthy goals are to convey what we currently understand about IBD; to clear up the many misperceptions that surround the disorder; to help one recognize the symptoms of IBS; to describe tests that may be used during the evaluation of symptoms; and to provide information that will allow IBS patients better understand their symptoms, institute appropriate changes, and improve their quality of life. The book meets the challenges superbly.
Audience: The book is aimed at patients with irritable bowel syndrome and their family members, friends, or coworkers. It is written in an easy to read manner by a well known expert in the field.
Features: The first of the book's four parts provides a general introduction to the disorder, using a case history and describing the epidemiology and pathophysiology. Part 2 focuses on the evaluation and diagnosis of a patient with IBS symptoms and includes a discussion on the natural history and prognosis of patients with IBS. The treatment of IBS is highlighted in part 3 and this includes an excellent discussion of the utility of complementary and alternative therapies. Finally, in part 4, the special needs of children with IBS are addressed as well as possible future developments. Importantly, lists of readily accessible patient resources as well as references to the original medical articles are provided at the back of the book.
Assessment: This is an excellent, well written addition to the lay literature on irritable bowel syndrome. It is clearly written and the use of case studies adds to its utility. IBS patients (and treating gastroenterologists) will benefit greatly from this Johns Hopkins Press Health Book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421411156
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 11/7/2013
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book Series
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 677,900
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian E. Lacy, Ph.D., M.D., is a professor of medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Chief, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He is coauthor of Healing Heartburn, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    Well written, clear, encouraging book about current treatment op

    Well written, clear, encouraging book about current treatment options for irritable bowel syndrome. Highly recommended for all (especially IBS sufferers and those who know them!).

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