edited by James H. Lewis, 667 pp, with illus, $85, ISBN 0-683-04970-4, Baltimore, Md, Williams & Wilkins, 1994.
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A Pharmacological Approach to Gastrointestinal Disorders picks up where other textbooks on digestive disease leave off. Standard texts, after discussing pathophysiology and clinical presentation, give short shrift to treatment. In this text, a brief discussion of the clinical entity is followed by an in-depth discussion of the pharmacokinetics and clinical use of a variety of therapeutic agents, many of which are still investigational and not available for use in the United States.
Over 50 internationally recognized contributors have provided 30 chapters on specific entities, divided among six sections: "Acid-Peptic and Related Diseases," "Disorders of Gastrointestinal Motility," "Inflammatory, Infectious and Other Diarrheal Syndromes," "Pancreato-biliary Disorders," "Hepatic Disorders," and "Miscellaneous Topics."
All aspects of drug use in gastroenterology, from sedation for endoscopy to an overview of chemotherapy, are covered. Suggested therapy for many common but difficult to manage problems, such as hiccups and intestinal gas, are provided.
A current review of the
Berman PM. A Pharmacological Approach to Gastrointestinal Disorders. JAMA. 1994;272(4):320. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520040082050