Synopses & Reviews
Updates in Colo-Proctology presents the proceedings of the 2nd Anglo-SwissColo-Proctology Meeting. Most aspects of this fas-growing field are discussed by numerous specialists from both England and Switzerland. The purpose of the book is to present unpublished data on recent research work. The first section covers technical problems in diagnosis and therapy. With particular emphasis on sphincter-saving techniques. In the second section colorectal cancer is discussed, and the role of the colorectal surgeon in treating gynecological and anal cancer is also presented. Inflammatory bowel diseases are the subject of the third section, with special reference to bacteriology, epidemiology and the diagnosis of perianal disease. The fourth section covers important complications due to trauma or surgery, while diverse subjects such as surgical technique, AIDS-related problems and incontinence are presentedin the fifth section. Two main topics, the treatment of rectal cancer and complex anal fistulas, are also discussed by experts in broad terms. Allcontributions are based either on recent work, and most of them present new approaches to essential problems in colo-proctology.
"Updates in Colo-Proctology" covers the proceedings of the Anglo-Swiss Colo-Proctology Meeting held in St Moritz in 1990. The book contains the papers which were presented and dis cussed there by physicians of the various specialties concerned with the care of patients with diseases of the colon, rectum and anus. The authors, each distinguished in a particular field, have contributed across a wide range of subjects and different dis ciplines. The topics covered include surgical and investigative techniques, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and specific infections. Being familiar with the previous literature, it is clear that little was really new among the themes presented in St Moritz, but few will deny that many of the techniques and methods of treatment described in this book are truly modern. Some contribute an entirely new dimension to the approach to well known colo-proctological conditions, while others may open up new paths for future research. In addition, in colo-proctology as in other disciplines, advances in treatment almost always bring new problems in the complications which attend them. These are the subject of some of the papers. Although it would be invidious to pick out individual contributions when there is so much that is new to talk about and so much that is old to be looked at in a new light, we should like to record how much we have enjoyed reading and collating these chapters. We hope that others will share our enthusiasm and pleasure."