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A Gastroenterologist’s Guide to Gut Health

Everything You Need to Know About Colonoscopy, Digestive Diseases, and Healthy Eating

David M. Novick MD

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eBook
Millions of Americans have complaints about, or disorders of, the esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, or pancreas, all of which comprise the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This book provides accurate, reliable, and up-to-date information on the most common GI disorders.

Written by a gastroenterologist with decades of clinical and research experience,
A Gastroenterologist’s Guide to Gut Health provides the advice that Dr. Novick gives to patients in his practice every day, written in a clear, conversational, and easily understandable style. Advocating strongly for colon cancer screening and prevention, he walks readers through the process of colonoscopy, demystifying the procedure so patients know exactly what to expect. A review of alternatives to colonoscopy are also included.

In addition to colonoscopy and colon cancer, Dr. Novick reviews irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), celiac disease, acid reflux, hepatitis C, hemorrhoids, and many other GI diseases. He provides clear and specific details on best nutrition practices and explains how to get the most out of your visit to the doctor. Anyone with questions about digestive health, prevention, and screening will find here a ready and accessible resource for staying healthy and feeling good.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 236Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-7198-2 • Hardback • March 2017 • $32.00 • (£22.95)
978-1-4422-7199-9 • eBook • March 2017 • $31.99 • (£22.95)
David M. Novick, MD, is a board-certified gastroenterologist with extensive clinical and research experience. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. He is a Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio and an adjunct faculty member at The Rockefeller University in New York City. Novick has more than 70 medical publications. He is a 2014 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition award winner and is published in HippocampusMagazine, Fix.com, and Ohio Lawyer. He is currently in private practice in gastroenterology with special interests in liver diseases and addiction medicine.
Disclaimers
Dedication
Contents
Introduction
Diagrams of the Gastrointestinal Tract, Colon, and Gallbladder & Pancreas
Chapter 1. Preparing for Colonoscopy
Chapter 2. Sedation and Anesthesia
Chapter 3. The Colonoscopy
Chapter 4. Recovery After Colonoscopy
Chapter 5. Putting Colonoscopy in Perspective: The Evidence, Quality Issues, and Surveillance Intervals
Chapter 6. Colonoscopy: Risks, Alternatives, and Barriers
Chapter 7. Overview of Colon Cancer
Chapter 8. Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
Chapter 9. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Chapter 10. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Chapter 11. Clostridium difficile Infection, or C-Diff
Chapter 12. Hemorrhoids
Chapter 13. Evaluation of The Esophagus, Stomach, and Small Intestine
Chapter 14. Heartburn and Reflux
Chapter 15. Disorders of the Stomach and Small Intestine, Including Celiac Disease
Chapter 16: Gallbladder and Pancreas
Chapter 17. Hepatitis C
Chapter 18. Cirrhosis and the Spectrum of Liver Disease
Chapter 19. Healthy Eating
Chapter 20. How To Get the Most Out of Your Visit to the Doctor
Bibliography
Glossary
For Further Reading
Acknowledgements
Partnership with a GI Charity
The gut is one of the most important parts of our body, keeping it in shape is a key to staying healthy. I am delighted to see that my long-time friend Dr. Novick took the time to explain the functions of each part of our gut, the consequences if our gut is not in good shape, and how to prevent gastrointestinal and liver diseases. This book combines up-to-date medical information and decades of experience of the author. It is an easy read for everyone interested in maintaining gut health or in keeping gut ailments away.
Anna S. Lok, MD, Director of Clinical Hepatology, Assistant Dean for Clinical Research, University of Michigan


An appealing and informative book that belongs in every doctor’s waiting room! Gastroenterology procedures scare people, but this book will reassure them.
Martha Moody, physician and best-selling author of Best Friends and Sharp and Dangerous Virtues


Despite all the publicity, too many people do not get colon cancer screening or other needed care. Dr. Novick’s book uses clear medical writing and humor to help people overcome their fears.
Annie Roboff, song and music writer, This Kiss, That’s the Way, and Unbroken


I wish I had this book before my colonoscopy, as it would have assuaged my fears about how a colonoscopy will feel (like nothing!) and calmed my nerves about what I might say under sedation (which thankfully wasn't much).
Courtney Reagan, CNBC reporter


Dr. Novick’s book is the third in recent years to clearly explain the digestive system. Gut brilliantly explains how it works, Gulp gives the fascinating back-stories, and this book gives you the elements of successful diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Novick’s expertise provides authentic and accessible information regarding gut health. This is a book everyone should read.
Anne Marie Romer, RN, GI Nurse and Author of Blog, The Space Between


As an advocate for people to have colonoscopies (an earlier one could have saved my husband’s life), I found this book to be ‘just what the doctor ordered.’ If one life is saved through this book, then Dr. Novick’s commitment and hard work will have been worth it. I think it will help many.
Kate Carlisle, a badgering but loving advocate for colonoscopy


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