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Inflammatory bowel disease has been around for a long time but was not formally recognized until the 1930s, when the initial descriptions of Crohn and his colleagues began to appear. The following 60 years brought an explosion of information, which many of us have seen in bits and pieces but not in its entirety. In this setting there are but a handful of contemporary gastroenterologists who can say they have witnessed much of the birth, adolescence, and now adulthood of the fund of knowledge in the field of inflammatory bowel disease. Dr Henry Janowitz is certainly one of those giants who can speak to much of the knowledge base as a firsthand source. It is with this perspective that one should read and appreciate the second edition of his treatise.
The book is a distillation of the experience of one man garnered during a half century of taking care of
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