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Sleisenger and Fordtran’s Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease 10th Edition PDF

Sleisenger and Fordtran’s Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease 10th Edition PDF

Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease 10th Edition PDF



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Preface

The tenth edition of Sleisenger and Fordtran’s Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease: Pathophysiology/Diagnosis/Management is among a select group of textbooks that have been valuable to readers over a long time span. Work by its founding editors, Marvin Sleisenger and John S. Fordtran, began more than four decades ago and culminated in the publication of the first edition, Gastrointestinal Disease, in 1973. Much has happened in the field of gastroenterology since then, and each edition of the text has methodically incorporated these exciting advances into its pages. Advances have included clearer understanding of the basic mechanisms of health and disease at a cellular, subcellular, genetic, and molecular level; a much clearer comprehension of the pathophysiology of GI and liver diseases; the introduction of numerous diagnostic tests and procedures (many of which displaced now outmoded tests and procedures); combining diagnostic with therapeutic endoscopy; developing many novel pharmaceutical agents and drug classes for conditions that previously had no such treatments; applying laparoscopic surgery in many common GI disorders; and so much more.
Over its 42-year lifespan, the textbook has had six editors: Marvin H. Sleisenger and John S. Fordtran (founding editors), as well as Mark Feldman, Bruce F. Scharschmidt, Lawrence S. Friedman, and Lawrence J. Brandt. These editors have had the good fortune to engage hundreds of superb author-contributors from around the globe who generously shared their knowledge
and expertise with readers of the book. The editors also have had the luxury of stalwart support from a highly competent and professional publishing company, Elsevier, throughout the life of the book.
When the first edition of Gastrointestinal Disease was published in 1973, it was quite different from this, the tenth edition. The first edition was printed in a single volume of less than 1600 pages, with well over 200 of these pages devoted to a single entity—peptic ulcer disease. There were 115 chapters in the first edition, compared with 132 chapters in the tenth edition. Besides its two founding editors, the first edition had 55 contributors, compared with 217 contributors in the tenth edition. The first edition was written almost entirely by authors based in the United States, whereas authors from 15 countries have contributed to the pages of the tenth edition. The vast majority of chapters in the first edition were written by a single author, whereas most chapters now have two authors. And perhaps most important, there was no coverage of liver diseases in the first edition, or even in the four subsequent editions, until the sixth edition—renamed Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease: Pathophysiology/Diagnosis/Management— was published in 1998. In 2007, the British Medical Association awarded the eighth edition of the book its First Prize in the field of gastroenterology.


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