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The Angry Gut: Coping With Colitis And Crohn's Disease Hardcover – Mar 22 1993


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While rarely fatal, inflammatory bowel diseases, or IBD (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease), are chronic illnesses that can radically alter a person's life. In this book, Thompson, author of Gut Reac tions (Plenum, 1989), offers a wonderful resource for people trying to understand and cope with IBD. Describing how IBD can disrupt the normal digestive tract functions, he explores surgical and medical therapy options. Thompson's strength is his acknowledgment of the psychological and lifestyle issues a patient must face, issues rarely addressed by physicians. But though his book will be readily welcomed by those with some background knowledge in IBD, at times it may be difficult for some readers. As introductory texts, two works offered by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (formerly the National Foundation for Ileitis & Colitis) may be better choices: People Not Patients (NFIC, 1985) and The Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Fact Book (Scribner, 1983). Nevertheless, Thompson's book is an excellent addition to consumer health collections.
- KellyJo Houtz Parish, Harrison Memorial Hosp., Bremerton, Wash.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

W. Grant Thompson, M.D. , is Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, as well as a professor of medicine and the Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Thompson is the author of The Irritable Gut, which won the 1980 Book Award of the American Medical Writers Association, and was praised by The New England Journal of medicine as "a brief, up-to-date compendium of the literature." He is also the recipient of the prestigious Nuffield and McLaughlin Fellowships, and is a regular speaker at international conferences. In addition to The Irritiable Gut, Dr Thompson has published over 100 scientific papers and book chapters in the field of gastroenterology.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Honest and forthright portrayal of IBD-great guide. July 11 1999
By MOYNIHAN3@PROVIDE.NET - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you or a loved one has the disease-this is a must read. It "decodes" a lot of what the gastroenterology and colo-rectal surgery community gives to patients. This is a nice technical(but not too technical) discussion of IBD in all variations and your choices in terms of drug therapy or surgery. It also is very honest about research and likelihood of medical innovations or breakthroughs. It allows IBD patients to ask great questions and challenge medical practitioners. It's a great handbook for all IBD victims.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Sensationalist Title but a Good Resource June 30 2000
By Courtney L. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Despite the title (which I think is unduly sensationalist), The Angry Gut is a well-written, clear reference for colitis and Crohn's sufferers. Grant is a straightforward, clinical writer and some readers might be put off by his use of widespread, medical terminology. Like any IBD books, the drug sections become quickly dated, but Grant supplies good information on existing drugs and surgeries. He falls into the common pitfall of many M.D.-authored books of completely ignoring the emotional aspects of inflammatory bowel disease and does not seek to refer readers to resources that might provide support. This is a solid, useful reference for IBD patients.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Technical but informative. July 10 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is technical, but a good resource for individuals who know nothing about Chron's Disease. The author explains in exacting detail how Chron's disease affects people. Most Doctors do not get technical with their patients, and I feel that this book helped me to understand how and why this disease affects me. I now feel very comfortable talking with my Doctor regarding treatment
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good guide for IBD July 4 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Overview of the symptoms, diagnosis, complications, and treatment of IBD. Dr. Thompson discusses how Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis affect the gut and also explores patients' social and sexual concerns, plus treatments and recent research. Worth a look. If you liked this book, you might want to look at another book by Dr. Thompson entitled Gut Reactions
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good Info on IBD, but overly technical March 3 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a technical overview of IBD covering anatomy, how the gut works, history and
epidemiology, possible causes, treatments and complications and medications (not entirely up to
date as the book was published in 1989). The book claims in it's foreword to be written for the layman, but be forewarned the anatomy
chapter is quite detailed with lots of medical terminology. Let's put it this way, after reading this
chapter you will be able to understand the research reports in the national newsletter! (Do you
know the difference between your sub-mucosa and your myenteric plexus?) The remainder of the
book is more 'reader-friendly' with lots of good information for the newly diagnosed.


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