Ruth Dubin MD PhD FCFP
is Chair of the Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Program Committee of the College of
Family Physicians of Canada. She believes the patient-doctor relationship is
about a partnership between those who are experts in a condition, and those who
are experts in their condition. She writes:
“My nose has been stuck in
your book since I opened it, and I was sorry to close it on the last page.
Your humour, your spirit,
and your wise advise to Crohn's sufferers suggests to me that this book should
be required reading, not only for patients but also for all budding
gastroenterologists, surgeons and family doctors. All MDs really.
It also shows the importance
of patients becoming active partners in their journey through a chronic
illness, and how medics learn so much from an intimate understanding of what it
is like to actually live day to day with a condition.”
Dr. Rob Dugdale
served as an Air Force Medical Officer in the Royal Air Force then the
Royal Australian Air Force holding a variety of posts including acting Director
of Air Force Medicine.
“As a medico, now thankfully retired, it was
fascinating to read about your battle with Crohn's and I have no doubt that the
101 tips will be of great value to fellow travellers. I loved the humorous
style and the accompanying illustrations - an effective and entertaining way to
present a most serious and, at times, harrowing topic. Your resilience and
fighting spirit are truly admirable.”
Dr.Muiris Houston, health correspondent of The Irish Times and Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Medicine
National University of Ireland.
"Being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease is a life-changing moment. Like any
chronic disease, you will have good settled periods and uncomfortable
flare – ups. And just like many long-term illnesses, coming to terms
with the disease involves taking ownership of your illness and its
Here he describes the day after his first operation to remove a
severely diseased section of small bowel: 'First up was the
physiotherapist, a jovial, stout girl who, on the face of it, was not
the best advert for exercise I had ever seen. However, it turned out
that she needed all her bulk for the heavy lifting that her job
entailed. Since I professed myself completely incapable of wriggling up
the bed to sit in a more upright position, she leant over, grasped me
under both armpits and yanked me up in one easy for her but exquisitely
painful moment for me. However, the pain was compensated for by my head
being plunged into her matronly bosom, giving me a fleeting sample of
Helen Keller’s life of being simultaneously rendered dumb, blind and
deaf as I was enveloped in her décolletage.'
There’s plenty more
in this vein. But underneath the humour is some sage advice about
dealing with doctors and the health system. Here’s tip 14: 'Do not
assume that you cannot contribute to the process of diagnosis. Ask the
common-sense questions. Don’t be afraid to interrupt the flow or to ask
them to explain in layman’s terms exactly what they are wittering on
Bradley’s book may have been written for people with Crohn’s, but those
suffering with any chronic disease will find it worth the read."
Dr. Fred Saibil, a gastroenterologist at Sunnybrook
Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada, and a Professor of Medicine
at the University of Toronto, reviews The Foul Bowel. Dr. Saibil
specializes in the
diagnosis and management of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. His
book, “Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis”,
written for the public, is a world-wide best-seller.
patients with chronic diseases feel compelled to write about their experiences
with the disease, with their doctors, with their occupations, with their
friends, and with their families. This book is filled with practical tips,
which are clearly highlighted.
The book chronicles Mr. Bradley’s personal
journey with Crohn’s disease, mainly in the National Health Service, in the UK. Much of the
book is focused on his experiences through the 1980s and 1990s, providing the
reader with insight into how both diagnostic testing and treatment techniques
have progressed over the years.
Written in a candid and entertaining style,
this book gives the Crohn’s patient some comic relief, while at the same time
providing practical advice."
Dr. Vernon Coleman, Britain's original Breakfast TV
doctor and author of "How to Stop Your Doctor Killing You" reviews The
"When I was a Family Doctor I firmly believed that patients
with chronic diseases invariably knew more about their problem than any
doctor. I also believed that patients are usually better at explaining
their problem to new sufferers than either doctors or nurses. They know
what to expect and how the system works.
John Bradley's wonderful book,
The Foul Bowel, is a must for anyone diagnosed with Crohns Disease. It's
also essential reading for relatives and health professionals. The
illustrations are marvellous."
Dr. Martha Graham, a currently practising Family Physician, writes:
wonderful book that will be instructive to any person whose life
is touched by a chronic health issue, providing
endless novel insights into the world of healthcare.
Bradley's keen sense of humour allows the reader to experience laughter at
each turn of the page, the light tone being juxtaposed with a poignant account
of a young man's courageous struggle with Crohn's, an unpredictable and
potentially deadly disease.”