Written by W. Grant Thompson, MD

For the first time, the information of the functional GI disorders as developed by the Rome Foundation is presented in an easy-to-read, non-technical format — ideal for non-gastroenterology health care professionals, students, educated patients, and the general public.

Understanding the Irritable Gut :

  • Focuses on the doctor/patient relationship
  • Helps patients understand and cope with their symptoms
  • Over the counter treatments — what is proven to work and what is not
  • Introductory chapters providing The Patient’s Perspective by Nancy Norton, President of the International Foundation for Functional GI
    Disorders, and The Physician’s Perspective by Douglas A. Drossman, MD
  • 17 chapters, over 270 pages, and 24 figures covering all aspects of functional GI disorders

The functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) can perplex doctors and patients alike. Understanding the Irritable Gut seeks to demystify these disorders. W. Grant Thompson, MD explains with ease and clarity the nature, prevalence, and putative causes of these disorders that affect up to two thirds of individuals worldwide. For the first time, the information developed and assembled by the Rome Foundation to identify, classify, and treat these disorders is presented in an easy-to-read, nontechnical format.

Dr. Thompson presents a general approach to the FGIDs with special emphasis on the all-important doctor/patient relationship. Understanding the Irritable Gut blends his professional experiences and well recognized writing talent with the information from Rome III and translates this for primary care practice. This book is a valuable resource for all nongastroenterologist health care professionals, students, educated patients, and the general public.