From Library Journal
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.
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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.