The Element of Surprise

Foreword. In this Journal feature, information about a real patient is presented in stages (boldface type) to an expert clinician, who responds to the information by sharing relevant background and reasoning with the reader (regular type). The authors’ commentary follows.

Taking Note

“Not so hard!” howled the man with abdominal pain, his body tense against his stretcher. His skin looked sallow under the fluorescents illuminating the crowded emergency department (ED) hallway. My fingers had barely brushed his belly. Although we’d just met,

Taking Note

“Not so hard!” howled the man with abdominal pain, his body tense against his stretcher. His skin looked sallow under the fluorescents illuminating the crowded emergency department (ED) hallway. My fingers had barely brushed his belly. Although we’d just met,

Diverticulitis

Foreword. This Journal feature begins with a case vignette highlighting a common clinical problem. Evidence supporting various strategies is then presented, followed by a review of formal guidelines, when they exist. The article ends with the author’s clinical recommendations. Stage.

The use of faecal microbiota transplant as treatment for recurrent or refractory Clostridium difficile infection and other potential indications: joint British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) and Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) guidelines

Interest in the therapeutic potential of faecal microbiota transplant (FMT) has been increasing globally in recent years, particularly as a result of randomised studies in which it has been used as an intervention. The main focus of these studies has

What is required from HCV point-of-care tests to reduce the burden of hepatitis C infection? ‘Development and clinical validation of the genedrive point-of-care test for qualitative detection of hepatitis C virus

The major advances in hepatitis C virus (HCV) diagnosis and treatment now make hepatitis C infection a curable disease over a short period of time and thus, theoretically, an eliminable disease. In its viral hepatitis elimination plan, the WHO aims,

Excellence is a habit, not an act

A 2014 blog in Nature (http://blogs.nature.com/news/2014/05/global-scientific-output-doubles-every-nine-years.html) identified that scientific publications double in volume every 9 years. Gastroenterology and hepatology being both technical and academic specialties have seen major increases in manuscript volume, and for the clinician it is a challenge

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