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Gastroenterology and hepatology are rapidly evolving and expanding fields that cover many diverse human diseases of common occurrence such as peptic ulcer, cholelithiasis, and viral hepatitis. Despite the fact that there are many gastroenterology journals available, practitioners in the field often have difficulty bringing together useful information from them because of the journals' research or review orientation.
Described in the foreword of the first issue as "a journal for the future," The Gastroenterologist presents practical information in a manner designed to assist physicians with patient care and to contribute to their continuing education. The journal is divided into five subject sections representing traditional anatomic divisions: esophageal and gastric diseases; pancreatic and biliary diseases; liver diseases; small intestine, nutrition, and malabsorption; and the colon, particularly relating to inflammatory bowel disease and infectious diseases.
Four other sections include new techniques, therapeutic recommendations, grand rounds, and a cover biography. The eight section editors
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