Contents

Foreword vii

1 Introduction 1

Section 1 Structure, Function and Disorders of the

Gastrointestinal Tract 11

2 An Overview of the Gastrointestinal Tract 13

3 The Oesophagus 24

4 The Stomach 38

5 The Small Intestine 58

6 The Large Intestine 75

7 The Liver 106

8 The Biliary System 115

9 The Pancreas 124

Section 2 Essential Aspects of Gastroenterology 135

10 Diagnostic Procedures and Tests in Gastroenterology 137

11 Gastrointestinal Emergencies 151

12 Pharmacology in Gastroenterology 158

Section 3 Living with Gastrointestinal Disorders 165

13 The Role of Psychosocial Factors in Gastroenterology 167

14 Quality of Life in Gastroenterology 179

Glossary 189

Useful Addresses 193

Appendix 196

Index 205

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