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Book Reviews of Gut Feelings

"Gut Feelings: Disorders of the Gut-Brain Interaction and the Patient-Doctor Relationship" by Douglas Drossman MD, and Johannah Ruddy, MEd

-Review by John Pandolfino, MD and C. Prakash Gyawali, MD

A comprehensive yet simplified description of the concepts underlying gut-brain interaction, and disorders thereof, commonly termed functional gastrointestinal disorders, written collaboratively by a master clinician and researcher in functional bowel disorders, and an accomplished patient advocate who brings her personal perspective on functional bowel disorders as a patient herself.

"Gut Feelings" is written in elegant yet eminently understandable language, for not just the practitioner seeking the scientific basis of disorders of the gut-brain interaction, but also for the patient seeking understanding of their symptoms and management recommendations. The practitioner benefits from a deeper understanding of the patient’s frustrations and concerns, learning better interview technique, and focusing on risk factors, triggers and epiphenomena of functional bowel disorders while managing patients. The patient and lay person benefits from understanding the reasoning behind typical and advanced physician recommendations in the management of their symptoms, and why they should persist with complementary and behavioral approaches.

"Gut Feelings" also provides a detailed list, with established diagnostic criteria, of all the disorders of gut-brain interaction as recognized by ROME IV, as well as an international listing of centers of excellence and experts around the world who can provide consultative care for management of these disorders. Video links provided in the book lead to actual interactions between the authors and patients. We feel that anyone who manages functional bowel disorders, and anyone who suffers from these disorders stands to benefit from reading "Gut Feelings," and having the book at hand for reference.

Doc Matters – American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society
December 2020
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