Symptomatology of gastrointestinal disease

Graham Neale

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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Symptomatology of gastrointestinal disease

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The skilful analysis of symptoms indicating disorders of the digestive system is an integral part of the practice of internal medicine. Many patients with abdominal symptoms do not have easily defined organic conditions. The traditional skills of taking a careful history and examining the patient thoroughly are invaluable in managing patients who have functional disorders such as ‘irritable bowel’, nonulcer dyspepsia, nonspecific diarrhoea, recurrent abdominal pain, and somatization disorder....

Chapter.  4041 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gastroenterology

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