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

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This book is a complete guide to indigestion and related disorders - including everything from heartburn to belching to peptic ulcer (which strikes about ten per cent of the general population, some twenty million people, at some time in their lives) and hiatal hernia. Recognizing the need and desire for information and guidance about the disorders of the important upper gastrointestinal tract, Dr Henry D. Janowitz - one of America's most eminent gastroenterologists - offersadvice on how to avoid and take care of this whole complex of disturbances we call indigestion. He first turns to the basic problems of indigestion, sorting out the different vintages and devoting considerable space to the standard tests used for detection, as well as the valuable new diagnostic devices- their value and risks, their advantages and drawbacks, and their costs. He next deals with the ever-present problem of heartburn, as well as inflammation of the esophagus (esophagitis), and its relation to the anatomical defect of a hiatal hernia, explaining the problems in distinguishing chest pain of cardiac origin from chest pain of a non-cardiac condition. Janowitz continues with specific problems such as peptic ulcer, discussing what we know of its causes, its prevention, and our bestmethods of treatment; the damaging and injurious effects of modern-day medications on the stomach, expecially how it relates to an aging population; guidelines to help you make an informed decision in consultation with your doctor regarding the gallbladder and gallstones; problems associated with theappearance of jaundice, the yellowing of the skin, which results from the blockage of the flow of bile from the liver or gallbladder; disorders of the pancreas; and finally, reviews of food allergy and food intolerance, the aging gut, and the brain-gut connection. Indigestion is a down-to-earth, reliable guide to these common medical complaints. It is a must reading for anyone suffering from heartburn, ulcers, gallbladder disease, or any number of more

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  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • index
  • 019508554X
  • 9780195085549

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; Indexshow more

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'A very welcome addition to the medical literature for the lay public... common sense advice... by a leading authority in the field...' Dr Joseph B Kirsner, The Joseph B. Kirsner Center for the Study of Digestive Diseases, the University of Chicago Medical Center '... the best of simple and straightforward writing, well within the grasp of the intelligent lay reader, without sacrificing one iota of scientific scholarship or compassionate common sense.' Dr David B. Sachar, The Mount Sinai Medical Center 'Janowitz emerges from these pages as a wise and caring physician'. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatologyshow more

About Henry D. Janowitz

About the Author: Henry D. Janowitz, M.D., the founder and formerly Head of the Division of Gastroenterology (1958-1983), now named after him, is Clinical Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 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 more

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