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Release: Sept. 10, 1999

New textbook heralds work of several faculty

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A new textbook edited by Satish S.C. Rao, M.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa Health Care associate professor of internal medicine, includes the original and editorial work of several UI faculty members.

The book, "Gastrointestinal Motility: Tests and Problem-Oriented Approach," was derived in part from the proceedings of an international continuing medical education symposium on the topic, which Rao directed.

UI Department of Internal Medicine faculty whose work is featured in the textbook include Jeffrey L. Conklin, M.D., professor; Frederick C. Johlin, M.D., associate professor; Konrad S. Schulze-Delrieu, M.D., professor; and Robert W. Summers, M.D., professor.

According to Rao, gastrointestinal motility is the most rapidly growing subspecialty within gastroenterology and is finally being seen as a genuine organic illness.

"It is much more than a problem to be ignored or attributed to a purely psychological disturbance, as it has been in the past," he said.

Rao believes the book will serve as a "current reference manual and guide for the diagnosis and treatment of common gastrointestinal problems for children and adults at a time when the growing knowledge in the field is promising revolutionary new approaches."

Rao said the book is generously illustrated and should provide invaluable insights.

"This book could serve as useful reading material for internists, family practitioners and specialists, all of whom encounter patients with gastrointestinal motility disorders on a daily basis," Rao said.

Other UI faculty also contributed to the textbook, including Bruce P. Brown, M.D., associate professor of radiology; Retta E. Pelsang, M.D., assistant professor of radiology; and Gerald F. Gebhart, Ph.D., professor and head of pharmacology.