The Ulcer Story: The Authoritative Guide to Ulcers, Dyspepsia, and Heartburn

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Plenum Press, 1996 - Health & Fitness - 415 pages
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If any disease can be said to epitomize and era, peptic ulcer does so for our time.Virtually unknown before 1900, cases of ulcers have reached epidemic proportions in the twentieth century. Up until the 1970s this painful disease was difficult to treat, often requiring surgery and leading to disability and even death. Since then, a bewildering succession of drug treatments has appeared and care is now possible. The Ulcer Story is the first and only book to make sense of the flood of new information for the general reader, and there is much here that will interest and challenge doctors as well.While revealing the plots and subplots of the history of peptic ulcers, Dr. Thompson shows us the paths we can take to regain a healthy and pain-free existence. Throughout, he brings to bear his impressive credentials and years of clinical experience to equip us with the means to assess our own conditions and treatments. Drawing upon cutting-edge research and the successful strategies of talented clinicians, he answers our most urgent questions: How do doctors diagnose ulcers and distinguish them from other gut ailments? What drugs are safe and effective and how do they work? What lifestyle changes, if any, can we make to control or even eliminate symptoms of dyspepsia and heatburn? Will the future bring a complete cure for the many types of ulcers?Most of the many heroes of this story are the working physicians who fight this once debilitating disease, and who have translated medical innovation into life-saving treatment. Dedicated to them, and to the legions of ulcer and heatburn sufferers for whom there is now hope, The Ulcer Story is an inspiration.

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Thompson, the author of Gut Reactions (Plenum, 1989) and The Angry Gut (LJ 4/15/93), completes his trilogy of gastroenterology texts with this extremely thorough work on ulcers and dyspepsia. As with ... Read full review


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W. Grant Thompson, M.D. (Ottawa, Ontario), is professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Ottawa, where he served as chief of the Division of Gastroenterology from 1980 to 1997. An award-winning science writer, he has authored many acclaimed books on the gut and irritable bowel syndrome and remains active in clinical trial consulting, medical education, research, and writing.

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