This book provides all that the family doctor requires to successfully diagnose irritable bowel syndrome and to manage patients with confidence and sensitivity. Both authors are renowned experts recognised not only for their contribution to our current understanding of functional bowel disorders but also for their clear and informative writing style. Includes all key information on causes and mechanisms, diagnosis and management. Offers invaluable tips on history taking and patient interaction. Succinct, expert presentation of the clinical application of the results of an abundance of recent research. An invaluable tool for the diagnosis and treatment of patients in the primary care setting. An insightful review of future developments in diagnosis and treatment including 'alternative' treatments. Contents: * What is IBS? * Epidemiology * Causes and mechanisms * Diagnosis; Approach to treatment * Dietary advice * Drug treatment * Psychological treatment * Future trends.