This book is written for nurses and allied health professionals working with patients with disordered bowel function. It provides the basis for a detailed understanding of normal as well as disordered bowel function, and the causes of faecal incontinence and constipation. The authors have adopted a deliberately practical style so that the book can be used on a daily basis in clinical practice - in almost every health care setting there will be patients who can benefit from the care described. The aim is to prepare the reader to be able to undertake a full and knowledgeable assessment of a patient and refer appropriately for further investigations. Care, ranging from simple dietary advice to information about sophisticated modern surgical techniques, can then be planned to fit that individual's symptoms and needs. The multidisciplinary team of editors and contributors are ideally placed to pull together information from a wide variety of sources and distil this knowledge into one volume.