Now published in two volumes to accommodate new chapters on the many advances in understanding and treatment options, this volume represents the definitive reference on inflammatory bowel disease, a spectrum of diseases that is receiving increasing attention as our understanding of the etiological factors increases and diagnostic tools are refined. Basic research accelerated at the beginning of this decade and is now yielding new, more targeted treatments than were available just a few years ago.
Volume 1 is on IBD and Ulcerative Colitis, and Volume 2 is on IBD and Crohn's Disease. All areas that were covered in the second edition have been expanded and updated. New sections include one addressing etiology and pathophysiology of IBD, including environmental influences and effect of age at onset, and one with a focus on aggravating factors in the IBD patient such as infectious agents, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and pregnancy.