This issue focuses on gastroenterology and we feature two articles on conditions that you are likely to see on your placement in the specialty. Since 1970, liver related deaths have increased by 400% across the United Kingdom, and many of these deaths have been attributed to alcohol. On p 38 Stuart McPherson and colleagues provide an overview on the acute management of decompensated alcoholic liver disease (ARLD). Inflammatory bowel disease, which encompasses conditions such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, is also common, but it can be easily missed. Find out how it is diagnosed and managed on p 41.
As part of this specialty spotlight, Philip Smith, a year 5 trainee based at the Royal Free Hospital in London, offers an insight into what it is like to train in the specialty (p 48). We kick off a new series called “What really matters to me . . .,”