This textbook is intended as a source of information and advice for all who are starting out in the important work of assisting people with disturbances of gastroenterological and hepatological function, from the most junior of medical students to those preparing for specialist exams. To this end we have added ‘key point’ summaries to each chapter, as an aid to revision and understanding. We have also added an extensive ‘best answer’ multi‐choice question section, in the style of the MRCP and FRACP examinations. These questions remain very clinically focused and draw heavily on our own clinical experiences. We believe that those early in their training will find them just as illuminating as those further along will find them challenging. Additionally, we have added further line diagrams and clinical images, with the aim of illustrating the important concepts without cluttering the book.
We firmly believe that our patients are the people who teach us the most. However, guidance from our colleagues and sources such as this book help light the path that each of us must walk to become the best clinician we can. We hope this book guides you in the same way that writing it has us.