A History of Luminal Gastroenterology in Britain
The Inside Guide
By Peter Down
A personal account of the British contribution to gastroenterology over the last 200 years, covering common diseases of the oesophagus and stomach, followed by coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and functional gastrointestinal disease. The British impact on endoscopy. Each disease is followed from its earliest description and is based on monographs and journal articles. The aim of the book is to explain why and how physicians and surgeons have managed to achieve so much during this time and with this in mind the author has interviewed over 100 people who have actually made this history. Whenever possible anecdotes and personal recollections are included. The illustrations are by the author.
Peter Down qualified at St Thomas’s Hospital and was consultant physician and gastroenterologist to the West Dorset Hospital Group. He retired in 2003. He has always been interested in the history of medicine and obtained the Diploma in the History of Medicine from the Society of Apothecaries in 1996. Subsequently he became Hon Archivist to the British Society of Gastroenterology. In 2000 he agreed to write a history of British Gastroenterology for the Society. His hobby is caricature and cartoon drawing.