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Management of the irritable bowel syndrome

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 22 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1067

Early reassurance is important part of treatment

  1. Roger Jones
  1. Wolfson professor of general practice Department of General Practice, Division of Primary Health Care, UMDS, London SE11 6SP

    EDITOR,—Recent articles have discussed the management of the irritable bowel from several points of view. R C Spiller argues for a predominantly medical approach to treatment once the hurdles of reassurance and dietary advice have been negotiated,1 while Francis Creed emphasises the importance of psychological treatments for selected groups of patients.1 Michael J G Farthing explores the relations between the bowel, body, and brain and provides further advice about the importance of making an …

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