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Ulcer etiology, including the role of Helicobacter plyori and its natural hisory, NSAIDs and stress-induced ulcers are covered. Diagnosis of PUD is presented along with insight into symptomatic treatment of ulcers and eradication of H pylori. Management of complications is also discussed.

Gary Gitnick, MD - Professor of Medicine, UCLA

Provides the clinician with information about causation, complications, natural course, and management of GERD. The efficacy, safety, and suggested regimens of pharmacologic therapies are discussed. Data on the relationship between GERD and asthma are presented. The clinical presentation of GERD patients with chronic cough and laryngitis is discussed in detail.

Gary Gitnick, MD - UCLA

The diagnosis and treatment of commonly encountered bowel diseases, including diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease of the colon, inflammatory bowel diseases, colon and rectal cancer, are reviewed. Pharmacologic treatment is discussed in detail. The ACG guidelines for management of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are included.

Paul F. Engstrom, MD - Professor of Medicine, Temple University
Eric B. Goosenberg, MD - Assistant Professor of Medicine, Drexel University