Busy clinicians need easily accessible information falling into two broad categories: diagnosis and management of patients with particular groups of symptoms; and comprehensive information on defined clinical problems. With this in mind, the Oxford Handbook of Gastroenterology and Hepatology has been structured in a unique way. The first section covers approaches to clinical problems detailing 29 of the most common problems in GI medicine, including infectious disease and gastrointestinal problems in developing countries. A key section of the handbook is a unique A-Z compendium of the specialty which includes information on 100s of topics in gastroenterology, from Abetalipoproteinaemia to Zieve's syndrome. Colour coded links enable readers to find information in related chapters quickly. Further sections include emergencies, and commonly used drugs used in gastroenterology and hepatology, with emphasis on practice tips and common complications. The result of this new approach is a handbook which is practical and informative, while being a pleasure to use. It is an essential guide to the management of common conditions and will be invaluable to all those involved in the care of patients with gastrointestinal disease.