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In his complimentary foreword the intestinal failure guru Professor Stanley Dudrick describes this book as unique. While I agree with many of his positive comments, I must take him to task on this. Naturally all medical texts have a quality of uniqueness, but I think the general reader will assume uniqueness to mean that it is the only book in the field, or at least the only one of its type. This is not true given the existence of a book with the same title edited by Dr Jeremy Nightingale. This was published in California and in the UK so we cannot excuse Professor Dudrick on geographical grounds!
The two books cover similar ground, have a similar number of authors, are drawn from a similarly wide range of disciplines and are of very similar size. Admittedly one leans towards …