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Copy edited, typeset, indexed, printed and bound in India.Preface
It is a privilege to be invited to edit Recent Advances in Gastroenterology for a second time.
In this edition, I aim to provide a further series of updates for gastroenterologists, and others, on key topics in gastroenterology and hepatology. The book has been written primarily for gastroenterologists in training, general medical trainees and general practitioners with a special interest in gastroenterology. Its reach is international, but it takes a broadly British approach to the diseases under discussion.
It is 7 years since gastroenterology and hepatology were last covered by this series. When choosing topics, I have selected some old friends, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, which have seen significant developments. However, most topics have not previously been reviewed, such as IgG4 syndrome and small intestinal imaging. Much has changed in our understanding of microscopic colitis and coeliac disease, both disorders being more common than previously realised. Other disorders such as Helicobacter infection, alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis are of global interest. There have also been exciting advances in the management of upper gastointestinal bleeding and endoscopy.
Recent Advances in Gastroenterology 12 provides timely coverage of all these important developments.
I am grateful to the authors for their hard work and timely delivery of their chapters. Their contributions were of a high standard, making these both informative and a pleasure to edit.
I am also grateful to JP Medical, who recently acquired the Recent Advances series, for inviting me to lead this edition.
Finally, I thank my wife, Fiona, for her help and tolerance during its realisation.