Indigestion : Living Better with Upper Intestinal Problems from Heartburn to Ulcers and Gallstones

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Indigestion and related disorders--including everything from heartburn and belching to peptic ulcer and hiatal hernia--are among the most common ailments in America. These complaints are so frequent that the most widely prescribed class of drugs is the group that blocks stomach acid, histamine II blockers (not to mention over-the-counter remedies). Indeed, almost ten percent of Americans, some twenty million people, will at some time suffer from peptic ulcer. Now, one of America's most eminent gastroenterologists, Dr. Henry Janowitz, offers readers a complete guide to these exceedingly common disorders.
In clear laymen's language, with healthy doses of humor and many easy-to-understand examples, Dr. Janowitz provides you with everything you need to know about indigestion, offering sound advice on how to avoid problems and soothing the fears of those in distress. He shows you how to prepare for a visit to the doctor--what the physician needs to know, what tests you might undergo (from a general physical to CAT scans and sonograms), and what the latest diagnostic techniques are (including MRI and endoscopy). Dr. Janowitz then zeroes in on specific problems of the esophagus, stomach, gall bladder, liver, and pancreas. He outlines the causes of peptic ulcers and discusses the best methods of prevention and treatment, shows how to distinguish between chest pain originating in the esophagus and the anginal pain of heart disease, and surveys such problems as gallstones, pancreatic disorders, jaundice, malabsorption, maldigestion, and food allergies. He also examines the effects of aging on the upper digestive tract and, in a final chapter, illuminates the role of stress in functional indigestion.
Indigestion is a down-to-earth, reliable guide to extremely common medical complaints, written by one of America's leading experts on gastroenterological disorders. It is must reading for anyone suffering from heartburn, ulcers, gall bladder disease, or any number of common gastrointestinal ailments.
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  • Hardback | 246 pages
  • 142.24 x 215.9 x 25.4mm | 703.06g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones, line drawings, tables
  • 0195063082
  • 9780195063080

About Henry D. Janowitz

About the Author: Henry D. Janowitz, M.D., formerly Head of the Division of Gastroenterology (1958-1983), is Clinical Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. A past president of the American Gastroenterological Association, he is a recipient of the Julius Friedenwald Award, the AGA's most coveted honor, for "outstanding contributions to the science and the practice of Gastroenterology." He is the author of Your Gut Feelings.
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Table of contents

Introduction. 1: The Upper Digestive Tract: An overview of how it works and what it does. 2: Indigestion: Dyspepsia - The stomach and its discontents, getting the words right. 3: Finding Out What is Wrong: How much testing must I have. Specific Problems. 4: Acid in the Gullet: Heartburn, Esophagitis and Hiatal Hernia. 5: Peptic Ulcers: When the stomach digests itself ( A note on the operated stomach). 6: Non-ulcer Dyspepsia: Indigestion without a label. 7: All chest pain is not heart pain. 8: The gallbladder in the stone age. 9: When the silent pancreas speaks up. 10: Jaundice: Where does the yellow come from, where does the yellow go?. 11: Malabsorption and Maldigestion: Internal starvation. 12: Food intolerances and food allergies: "Was it something I ate?". 13: The Passage of Time: the aging upper digestive tract. 14: The Brain-Gut Connection. Appendix. Index
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